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I need to toughen up a little bit. Kenny Rogers sings about knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em, and there's a lesson in those words for me. The lesson I need to learn is when to be concerned about other people's feelings, and when to take care of my own.
Maybe I'm a pushover, but I do my best to look out for other people's feelings, even if my own get trampled in the process. To avoid making someone else feel bad, I choose my words carefully and leave a person with their dignity even when they're acting like a fool. That's the axiom I hold myself accountable to.
But today I'm rethinking that approach.
Maybe the next time someone says or does something rude, I should speak right up and ask them, "What kind of response are you expecting from me?" I always walk away wondering what their answer would be, and since they didn't care about my feelings, perhaps I shouldn't be concerned about theirs.
Maybe the lesson to be learned is theirs, not mine.
Maybe when people are being rude, I should warn them: "You got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run."
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