“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” (Lao Tzu)
This is something I need to keep in mind, bring with me. Today has not been a good day because the behaviour of others has affected me too much. I cannot change the way people behave, I can only control my own reaction to their actions. People are often thoughtless, sometimes mean, but I should not let that affect my own peace of mind. It’s not worth it. What I can do is quietly accept that thoughtlessness as what it is and respond to it in an intelligent way: by being kind, not letting it bother me. Whatever issues others have are not my concern. Don’t fight fire with fire, fight it with water.