“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius
The retaliatory, quid pro quo, “eye for an eye” mindset is oddly and persistently common, despite its obvious shortcomings. It is the preferred approach of those who are ensnared in the toils of judgment. In it is the promise of relief from a perceived evil, but the comfort is fleeting and often followed by a deeper sense of despair and entanglement with that from which one is hoping to escape.
Equivalent retaliation is not the only option. When the devil invites you to dance through the injurious words or actions of another you have the right to say “no.”
But don’t just stop there! Abstaining from evil is necessary, but not sufficient to the revelation of the fulness of your being. You must let go of the self-destructive motivations, yes, but you must also deliberately, consciously and repeatedly let go to the higher and more creative compulsions of which you are undoubtedly aware.
You have the option to choose your dance partners in the dance of life. Why not exercise it!?!