Should I be offended by that?
No, I should not.
The answer is simply no. Whatever it is, you shouldn’t be offended by it.
Because you can choose to be more intelligent and psychologically stronger by making the decision to not be offended.
There’s no question that in an age of social media serving us in the likeness of Big Brother, word travels quickly and even makes national headlines when someone or some group out there gets offended by something.
Some of these cases seem more legitimate than others, of course.
But my challenge to you is that whatever the offense, choose to not be offended.
I am a believer in choosing to be victorious.
(After all, that’s literally how my name translates. Nicholas is Greek for victorious.)
My observation is that if you don’t proactively choose to adopt a “victorious mindset,” you by default fall in danger of having a “victim mentality”.
I can choose to be on top of this thing, psychologically.
Or, I can choose to allow someone else to “do me wrong.”
If I believe that the entire free world has the ability to offend me (or for lack of a better term, “hurt my feelings”), then I am fair game to constantly being a victim.
But if up front, each and every day, I decide that no one has the ability to offend me, then I instead place myself in a position where being offended by someone else is always one less thing I can worry about that day.
My observation is that most of the time, people aren’t intentionally trying to offend each other.
And even if they are, that simply reflects the offender’s own character.
I’ve learned the best thing to do when someone says something seemingly offensive, whether they are outright intending to offend or not, is to simply acknowledge what they are saying, with confidence and a smile, but no sarcasm nor biting remarks.
In the past year alone…
-Taller men than me have pointed out that I am shorter than they are.
-Men with lower hairlines and no thinning spots at the back of their head have pointed out that my hairline is higher and that my hair is thinner in the back.
-Smaller nosed men have pointed out my nose is bigger.
Consider those things. Other grown men have taken time and energy out of their day to point out perceived imperfections about me.
What does that say about their own level of confidence?
More importantly, what does it say about my level of confidence when I am quick to respond that I indeed am shorter, have thinner hair, and a bigger nose than those who are pointing it out?
I simply own up to their perception.
What does it hurt me?
I go on with my day. And they realize that their lack of self-confidence was unable to bring down my level of self-confidence, which ironically is something they don’t have.
Should I be offended by anything?