just because you meet a jerk“I’m a sales associate…When you are rude to me, I look for ways to overcharge you!”

Life comes with its trials and tribulations, and sometimes they come in the form of unpleasant people or unfair outcomes. There is at times a temptation to strike back, to enact some form of revenge or retaliation. Think better of it. Turn the other cheek. Move on.

Become the change you seek.

If you do not like meanness or jerks or rude, impolite, or petty behavior, how does it make the world a better place to react with rudeness to rudeness?

Closing quotes:

“If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?”  — Sydney J. Harris; 1917–1986, journalist for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. His column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in many newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada

“Anger is never without a reason, but rarely a good one.”  — Benjamin Franklin; 1706–1790, one of the founding fathers of the U.S., was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”  — Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama Buddha) was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  — All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 1 Scene 1, William Shakespeare; 1564 –1616