Monday, March 14, 2016

Motivational Monday


NEVER WRESTLE WITH PIGS.
YOU BOTH GET DIRTY
AND THE PIG LIKES IT.
(George Bernard Shaw)

Sigh. I wish I'd heard this quote when I was younger. Maybe I wouldn't have lowered myself to someone else's level as often as I did back then. Petty, petty, petty. Well, the good news is, I'm older and "wiser" now. I take deep breaths before blurting something I'll regret. I wait awhile before hitting Reply/Send on potentially scathing emails. I think about what's truly important, where I want to put my energy, what my priorities are. 

Then I curse and name call behind closed doors. (Well, I did use the word wiser not perfect....)   

Let's all try to stay "clean" this week!

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  1. We learn how to put a lock on those stupid words that escaped us when we were younger.

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  2. I've never been a fan of confrontation, so I'd run away from that pig pen :-) Being wiser certainly has advantages though!

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    1. I'm definitely less confrontational now, but I'm working on learning the difference between standing up for myself, my time and energy, etc versus letting things go to avoid conflict.

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  3. This is a funnier way of saying, choose your battles wisely.

    I too would fight anyone who challenged me, but I could've saved myself a lot of effort if I had just ignored them.

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    1. Choose your battles and watch how you conduct yourself during them. :)

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  4. Nowadays, I am extra cautious if I have to say something scathing to someone.

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    1. Saying something scathing is not usually a good thing to do, but nowadays it feels like you have to be extra careful.

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  5. I like this saying. There's a few places online I think need to hear this quote.

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    1. I like this saying a lot, too. It teaches with humor.

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  6. It's always smart to wait and think before we reply back to something that makes us angry.

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    1. I agree! I just wish I was smarter when I was younger. :)

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  7. I admit...I could have used this quote when I was younger. I tend to be better about it now.

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  8. I will definitely try my best. I think I've been too passive about certain things. I need to explode more often:)

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    1. There's a time and a place and a classy way to let loose. :)

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  9. Good quote. My mom always told me "never sink to their level." I haven't always followed that, but when I do, it usually works out well.

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    1. I totally agree. When I look back at the times I didn't sink, I feel really good about those decisions, even to this day.

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  10. Thank you! I could definitely have used this quote when I was younger. And, there are still days that I think I might need it nailed to my forehead - not many, thankfully, but sometimes.

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    1. No need to nail it to your forehead - that would hurt! :o Bookmark this blog post or write the quote out and stick on the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator instead.

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  11. It's a great quote. When someone wronged me, I'd always dream up these amazing revenge scenarios, but I never did any of them.

    My mudslinging has been all in my mind. :)

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    1. Those imaginary revenge scenarios were not in vain! You are a writer, after all. :)

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  12. So, so true! It was so hard to bite my tongue when I was younger so like most folks, I did and said stupid stuff. As I've grown older, I've learned to think before I act or even open my mouth.

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    1. I believe most of us learn that and put it into practice. Unfortunately, it's not ALL of us....

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  13. You and me both. Sometimes I'll rewrite an email ten times to tone it down. I'm much too direct and honest which can be a bad combo almost anywhere online. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I've spent a lot of time on emails, trying to make sure I don't come across as bitchy, etc. And even though it seems like others don't use the same courtesy, I'm still good with how I handle things.

      (Although, I have stopped spending SO much time on crafting those emails. Sometimes, enough is enough and you've just got to let it go.)

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  14. This is a great quote and so true. Sometimes I have ended up deleting entire emails after I've stopped and taken a deep breath. I was always glad I didn't hit send right away!

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  15. I'm better at pausing before replying and pressing send, but in person, my mouth still struggles to keep it all locked in...

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  16. I learned early on to never respond quickly to an irritating email. I always remember that no one can make you angry. You chose to be angry. I try to chose not to be for my own sake.

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    1. Excellent point about how we get to choose whether or not to be angry. We control our reaction.

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  17. Haha! I love the cursing and name calling behind closed doors. At least it isn't to their face!! That's got to count for something, right? :) Oh, and great quote!

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  18. HA! Great quote. I often say I'm wiser not perfect too. :) Have a lovely weekend.

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