Greetings everyone, and as always may this article find you healthy, prosperous, and wise. Today I provide you with a thought to reinforce values you already have or to encourage a value you should forge in yourself. As the title taken from The Book of Proverbs suggests, “A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted”.
A lifestyle based on being quick tempered will only lead to self destruction. Your goal should be to control your emotions. You simply must develop the ability to compensate for the character flaws of others. Everyone has them, some choose not to change or seek not to master themselves. For those like them that you encounter, you must learn to compensate…
Overlooking the flaws and ignorance of others not only allows you to control yourself, it also allows you to control that person. I call it “unplugging” the person. You see, people who have not chosen the path of wisdom many times get powered up by pushing buttons. You can “shut the power off” i.e. control them/unplug them by controlling yourself and not giving them the response they are seeking.
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For even more insight into what this passage from the book of Proverbs is saying, I have provided multiple versions of the same verse below.
New Living Translation
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
Contemporary English Version
Losing your temper is foolish; ignoring an insult is smart.
Good News Translation
When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult.
Meditate on this concept and internalize it. Until next time Godspeed everyone.