Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Attending Arguments

I've been missing for the last month. (Kind of.)

The reality is I've been exercising grace. (Kind of.)

Or well, that's how I like to think of it.

Mr Lannis would claim I'm babbling myself silly, ranting about our current provincial government's stellar ability to fuck up All The Things in the name of their bullshit election agenda.

But this post is not a political rant. I swear.

No, this is a Lesson from Pinterest.

Because lately? Lately I've been stuck in the Someone Is Wrong On the Internet mentality.

Gah, it's exhausting.

Self-appointing as the educator of all the idiots every misinformed person you encounter will burn you out quickly.


Hence this was a good thing to (re)discover on my Pinterest board...

Because it's true.

There are wrongs in this world. There are idiots spreading stupidity. Yes, you can change the world, yes, you need to speak up for wrongs.

But if it's becoming toxic? If it's controlling your days, beating through your veins, and making you miserable?

Forget it.

Just because someone doesn't agree with you and is clearly itching for a lively debate doesn't mean you need oblige them. The subtle pressure in your chest? That tick tick tick on the side of your throat? That's your blood pressure rising.

Step away. Exercise grace. Breathe.

You don't always have to have the last word, and I don't believe there's ever been a documented case of someone changing their mind because some random person on the Internet debated a subject so skillfully their opposition magically transformed into rational sense.

Seriously. Don't waste your energy.

Don't attend every argument you're invited to.

Your sanity will thank you.

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