Last One Standing
What happens when you mix fire and alcohol? Yes, you get a bigger fire; as when you respond to a caustic remark with anger. The sum of two evils always equals a greater evil.
After many experiences I finally learned that when someone is angry and ‘spouting’ off at you do not interrupt them but let them vent and exhaust themselves of their anger.
Just nod your head as if agreement and say nothing.
To do otherwise is as if you were to attempt to put your hand into an erupting volcano. That would be a bad and foolish move on your part. Better to wait until it has ceased erupting and cooled down.
The one who is ‘erupting’ without being interrupted will realize at the end of their rant just how foolish they must have appeared. Embarrassed by their conduct they are at a great emotional disadvantage and if they receive a conciliatory or apologetic word from you they usually are quick to accept a truce or peaceful solution. You both are the better for it. This way there is left not ‘one’ standing but two.
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
Proverbs 21:23 – Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 6:2 – Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.
Should you ever encounter a contentious person remember that a soft word will often turn away wrath.
For As I See It
Roy A. Lamont