We all have them - people who dislike us for whatever reason, and go to great lengths to make their dislike known. And with the advent of the internet and the anonyminity it gives us, it seems that we now all get to be their targets. Let's face it, most of us have come across these types of people in our lives starting with playground or school bullies, belittling co-workers and bosses and now the internet. So what?
I can give into the urge to defend myself and reputation but that leads to an ongoing battle to see who is better, stronger, meaner and more determined. And to what end? It then becomes a never-ending battle that accomplishes nothing and serves no purpose other than to feed the negative energy.
Or I can choose to not play the game. I can choose to shake the pebble from my shoe and walk a different path. I can choose to take the high road where there is less traffic and does not include the anger or the need to strike back. While I cannot control the emotions or actions of another individual, I can control my reaction and my actions.
So shaking the pebble from my shoe, I am taking a different road.