You can be right or you can be peaceful, but you can’t be both.
Which would you choose?
The ego wants to be right.
In a situation where someone else seems to have it wrong, and you feel (or know!) that you’re right, it’s oh so very tempting to point out their wrongness.
The ego loves that.
However, have you ever noticed that trying to show others you’re right, often comes at a cost?
By it’s very nature the act of PROVING SOMEONE WRONG or PROVING SELF RIGHT doesn’t involve much peace. It involves an energy, even if very subtle, of separation and judgment.
Now – that said, it’s quite valid to be right! There will be plenty of times in life when you are right, and someone else is technically “wrong”, but the questions to ask ourselves in those times are…
Does it really matter who is right or wrong?
Does it really make any difference if I point out how right I am?
Would I rather have peace as quickly as possible?
So in those moments when you want to stand up for yourself, or have the last word, or feel the need to counter someone else’s viewpoint (and there are plenty of opportunities for that in a world of contrasting beliefs and opinions), ask instead…
Would I rather be right or would I rather be peaceful?
Personally, most often these days I choose peace. There are very few times where it adds value to my life, to others or to this world if I were to battle to be right. So I don’t. Not because I can’t, not because the topic isn’t important. Simply because… I VALUE PEACE MORE.
What do you value?
What will you choose?