Blog Post 56: Would you rather be right or would you rather be peaceful?
I want to ask you a question. Do you ever find yourself in situations in which someone says something in a way that they are assuming you agree with them? And whatever they are saying is completely in total opposition to what you feel and believe but to say so could open a huge can of worms that you really don’t feel like getting into? Or maybe your ego wants to get into it but a deeper part of yourself just wants to stay in peace?
These are the moments in which we have a split second to make a decision. Sometimes it’s good for someone else to hear a different perspective.
However, there will be times in which this person might be so attached to their opinions and beliefs that to voice your own would be to start a borderline argumentative debate that won’t be worth getting into. This would only be a distraction from the one thing that can really make a difference anyway, your own peace of mind. When you can stay in peace, others take note, and that peace draws them in in a way that is much more effective than a debate over opinions.
This is when a deep breath is needed and you can ask yourself this question that my Dad asks often in our study group, “Would you rather be right or would you rather be peaceful?”
So, the next time you find yourself in this situation, slow down, notice if your ego wants to jump at the chance to offer up its opinion, then take a deep breath and make a different choice. Make the choice to stay in your center, stay in your peace of mind, and notice the effect that this has.
As always, let me know how this exercise works for you. Be the first to leave a comment under my blog below. I would really appreciate the feedback!
As always have a wonderful week living life completely awake! To live awake is to love your life, and what can be better than that?