Joe Levi:
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Being Offended vs. Taking Offense


  • əˈfendəd/
  • adjective
  • resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.

Whether its a flag, a religion, a dress, a political party, or something someone said or did (or perhaps didn’t say or do), a segment of our culture today is quick to “take offense” at something someone else did.

Let’s clear that up right now: someone else cannot “offend” you – however, you can choose whether or not to take offense at something someone says or does.

Someone else cannot make you mad, happy, sad, or offended – you, and you alone can control how you react to the world around you.

Learn and apply that one relatively simple lesson, and you’ll be much happier in life.


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1 Response

  1. deb88mills says:

    So good! I’m writing a blog today on offense. I would like to quote from your blog. Crediting you, of course. Appreciate your thinking as now I have read several other of your pieces.

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