It could be said that World War I, which began a hundred years ago this month, started because some people in power got overly offended. That might be a slight exaggeration, but it did play a major role.
We’ve all become offended when it wasn’t justified. We’ve cared too much about being right and being properly respected and not enough about being the bigger person.
We need to develop a thick skin and maintain a soft heart. We need to be able to let people in, but not let them get under our skin.
We need the thick skin not to be caustic but rather to be compassionate. Because we can’t be compassionate when we’re irritated and offended.
Someone once told me that when we take offense, we GIVE offense. It took awhile for that to sink in, but I think there’s truth in that.
We have a choice to be right or to be happy. And it’s pretty darn rare that we can be both. Much of the time, we just have to let it go.
So don’t sweat the small stuff—and remember, it’s ALL small stuff.