When you feel offended, you’re practicing judgment. You judge someone else to be stupid, insensitive, rude, arrogant, inconsiderate, or foolish, and then you find yourself upset and offended by their conduct. What you may not realize is that when you judge another person, you do not define them. You define yourself as someone who needs to judge others.
Just as no one can define you with their judgments, neither do you have the privilege of defining others. When you stop judging and simply become an observer, you will know inner peace. With that sense of inner peace, you’ll find yourself free of the negative energy of resentment, and you’ll be able to live a life of contentment.
Not being offended will mean eliminating all variations of the following sentence from your repertoire of available thoughts: “If only you were more like me, then I wouldn’t have to be upset right now.” You are the way you are, and so are those around you. Most likely they will never be just like you. So stop expecting those who are different to be what you think they should be. It’s never going to happen.
Excerpted from the article:
Do You Have a Right to be Upset? Are Resentments Justified?
by Wayne W. Dyer.
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