Try Not to be Offended

Try Not to be Offended

"Try Not to be Offended"

I recently heard something that was so profound, yet I couldn't find an attribution to anyone.  It goes something like this:"I was taught to give no offense, but I was to work twice as hard at not becoming offended."  In the culture of our business (Childcare/ Martial Arts), we try very hard to make people feel welcome and comfortable.  Courtesy is our chief tenet and we want students, parents, and teachers alike to feel they are greatly valued!  It's important to teach our children to respect others feelings, but at the same time strengthen themselves up for disappointment.  How great it is when we overlook an offense? It should be credited to us as strength and not a weakness.  We should teach children the fine balance of doing this while not becoming a door mat.  Here's a useful quote from Christopher Hitchens: "Those who are determined to be ‘offended’ will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt."

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