August 27, 2012

To Take Offense

An interesting exercise, and one well worth a few moments of reflection, would be to consider the exact meaning of the phrase "to take offense." These words describe an act of willingly taking into ourselves a hurt we feel somebody intended to inflict on us. We take offense. We don't have to take it. We are free to refuse to be hurt by a spiteful remark or malicious action. So the whole matter really rests with us. The choice of accepting or rejecting an offense is ours alone. ~One Day at a Time

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