The discipline of response
And the gross benefit of it
It might be satisfying to respond in the heat of a conversation or an argument, even more satisfying when you have the tools to do the damage but that satisfaction can be costly.
It can be you choosing the argument over the relationship.
Strength is not necessarily the ability to inflict or execute pain, it’s the capacity to be able to inflict pain and hold back regardless…
Because you’re thinking of the feelings of the other person at the point of response
Because you consider the long-term effect your words might have
Because the trust they have in you still matters to you
Because even in wrong, you seek to protect the other person
Because you care. Because it’s who you are.
Weakness also shows up in guns and words… and your unguardedness really shows up in the moments your emotions are heightened
You are really strong when you stay in control.