When someone is rude to you, don’t let your ego jump into the fight. You don’t need to have the last word or a storybook ending. Walk away, stay centred, love yourself and don’t judge humanity by a few bad apples
It is an unfortunate truth that, no matter how kind we are to others and how well we conduct ourselves, some people will still seek to hurt us. The inclination is usually to respond in a like manner. You hurt me, so I will hurt you more in order to save face in front of my friends. Take a step back and think this through carefully before reacting. This “eye for an eye” mentality leads to a situation in which there are no winners. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself drawn into a tit-for-tat exchange that started over nothing but could end in somebody getting hurt. As hard as it may be to actually do this, the best thing to do in such a situation is just to walk away. Let the other party have their meaningless victory if that’s what they need to feel better about themselves.
You are not powerless in such a scenario, and are not duty bound to react. As with everything else in life, it’s a choice. Your choice. So choose to walk away and not engage with rude, ignorant people. Choose not to let that cruel remark ruin your day and rob you of happiness. Choose your peace of mind over the need to have the last word. Choose not to compromise your values and beliefs by stooping to their level. Most of all, though, choose to avoid a needless confrontation by choosing not to react. We cannot control what anybody else says or does, but we most certainly can choose how we respond.
The power to deal appropriately with all people, even rude ones, is in your hands. So use it wisely.