You don’t have to hurt those who hurt you. You don’t have to insult those who insulted you. Not everyone is worthy of your reaction even if at the moment when someone pushes your buttons you don’t feel like calming down.
Oftentimes, the best reaction to situations you find uncomfortable or degrading in some way is NO REACTION AT ALL. By not reacting to everything that bothers you, you show a great level of maturity and wisdom.
Your energy is too precious to be wasted around by reacting to everything that triggers you. You will exhaust yourself and you will drain your positivity which in turn, will stop you from seeing all the goodness and beauty that is still out there in the world.
Not everyone will like you, but that’s okay. You won’t always be treated the way you want and deserve to be treated, but that doesn’t mean that you should lower yourself to their level. Just walking away will save you from the trouble of trying to “win” someone’s affections, especially from those who don’t deserve you in the first place.
And when you are not reacting, it doesn’t mean that you are fine with how things are. Your calmness and refusal to react means you have decided to rise above the situation with dignity and pride. It means you are saying ‘NO’ to drama because your peace of mind is more important to you.
You don’t need someone to validate you. You don’t need someone to tell you that you are good enough. You don’t need fake people and shallow relationships in your life.
That’s why by not saying anything, you are actually saying everything that needs to be said.
By reacting to provocations from others, you are giving them power over you and your emdisrespectful behavior.