It’s odd how life has a way of mitigating forces that oppose each other. There have been some criticisms directed towards me this week from several different directions. One of which made zero sense whatsoever. Each criticism has been blunted by multiple indications of support and encouragement.
These opposite forces can be seen everywhere. From the winter storm that shut down the city for a day, followed by 70 degree temperatures, to a shipping delay that was handled with friendly and expert customer service. Each negative was mitigated by something that not only erased the issue, but made life in general better all around.
I think that some people do not have a personality that allows them to see the forces of good working so they wallow in misery. They’re simply toxic, and they spread that toxicity like a disease. It’s quite sad. Even sadder, when it is obvious to most observers what the individual is doing, because the person they are hurting the most is themselves. I feel sorry for them, but I gave up trying to reason with people like that a long time ago.
In my life, I have spent a lot of time trying to rise above and be the better person. Letting someone verbally self-destruct might not be strictly in line with that claim, but sometimes one has to walk away and hope that whatever dark thing is possessing them becomes weak from lack of input so that they are better able to see the light of day later.
And anyway, living well and happily is the easiest way to prove them wrong. The best way to lead is by example.