Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self

Yesterday I received a crappy comment online.

For the most part, I’ve learned how to ignore crap messages from random people on the internet. But for some reason, this little comment hit a nerve and triggered some of my personal insecurities.

So, I did what anyone normal person would do. I spend 2 hours moping and bitching, then spent another 2 hours crafting a lengthy, defensive, and smart-ass reply so that I could prove to this stranger that I was smarter than him!

I was about to hit the send button, but then I quickly checked myself.

I asked myself these 3 questions:

  • Am I sending goodness into the world with this reply? (NO)
  • Am I actually going to educate this dude? (Probably not)
  • Do I have better things to do? (YES)

I deleted my lengthy response and went with my favorite 1-line reply… “Thanks for your perspective!”

Taking the high road is very difficult – but it’s always worth it.

The next time you catch yourself bundled up in emotion and about to send someone a nastygram, have a quick think:

  • Are you sending goodness into the world?
  • Are you actually helping or educating anyone?
  • Do you have better things to do?

Have a great day friends!!
Joel


Long beach walk with the Coop Dogg.

4 thoughts on “Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self

  • Illegitimi non carborundum
    Applies to the working world, also.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegitimi_non_carborundum

    Offset that crappy comment with all the positives you get. You’re doing good work at both of your sites.

    Speaking of doing good in the world. I’m on a daily email distribution list where the author encouraged us on this Veteran’s Day to “Show your appreciation for our Veterans by living a life worth defending.” I liked that.

    • That’s awesome – I’ve never heard that saying before. Don’t worry, it takes a fair amount to grind me down 🙂

      I was going to write a Veteran’s message… and I love this one! Motivates me to get out and make the most of my day, and life! Thank you for sharing this!

      Cheers, JR!

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