When I lived in Asia, I was taught that desire is a necessary component of deception.
My desire to “be right” often leads me right back to another deception.
Some tactics follow that might help you avoid trouble with rascals that, truth be told, are often entertaining.
They Might Be Right – I get a guaranteed laugh when I tell my wife, “I might simply be different.” She smiles, “yes, babe. You’re different alright.”
When would the other person’s course of action be right?
If we live long enough then we are almost certain to find our present selves holding different opinions from our younger selves.
The Message Not The Messenger – we share a curious desire to bring down others and a glee in catching people being naughty. My opinion of a person can prevent me from learning from them.
What can I learn from this person? this situation?
Turn People into Adjectives – when I’m locked on a person, it’s far more useful to drill down to a description of what’s triggering me.
Think about a person that’s disappointed you and dig, dig, dig… until you move beyond the person and arrive at the behavior. There is always something inside of me that’s being touched by, what I believe is, an external trigger.
Let The Situation Move Away – hands down, the most useful thing I realized. Nearly all my “problems” move away if I stop feeding them. Usually the best course of action is to chill out and let my problems leave on their own.
This doesn’t mean that I support the injustice that I see. I means that I acknowledge that my most effective antidote is being just in my own actions.
Turn problem people into adjectives and correct their behavior in myself.