Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Coldest Revenge

"The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief."
- William Shakespeare

So I guess there's something to be said about those people who seem to always be in a perpetually good mood. It's as if these folks never seem to have any problems in life, or at least it doesn't really seem to slow them down. Again, it is probably just a matter of perspective.

Throughout our lives, there will be people whose primary goal seems to be keeping others down, even if we've never done them any wrong. We will meet people who are so wrapped up in their own misery that they just get annoyed when they see someone else happy. We will meet people who are envious of what we possess, maybe because they know it is something they'll have to work for to have. We will meet people who, for the lack of a better term, fear us because they know we're capable of rising to be their equal or superior and they'll do everything in their power to stop that.

Whatever the case may be, they'll only be satisfied once they see us wallowing in our own misery as well. There's this popular saying that goes something like:

The best revenge is to live well.

This is probably the best way to deal with such people. There is a distinct sense of fulfillment when we know we've succeeded at something, and even more so when we've managed to defy the expectations of those who thrive on the failures of others. Deny them the joy of seeing you defeated, dejected or angry. The best part is that they cannot touch you.

Whatever happens though, never gloat because everything will be a moot point. Remember the value of humility because there will be times when you'll be thankful that you kept your mouth shut. Remember that discretion is the better part of valor. Accomplishments often seem to stand out more when others learn it by surprise.

I'd be lying if I said I applied this to my personal worldview, but I guess we all have to start somewhere.

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