1.2.3. Can you live with your enemies?

Hey— it’s Alex,

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.”

Marcus Aurelius

Life’s journey often unfolds in a way that introduces us to a handful of adversaries. Some argue that if you haven’t acquired a couple of enemies along the way, you’re not truly living life to the fullest. However, it’s important to recognize that this is a part of life we can’t entirely control. 

No matter how kind-hearted and generous you may be, there will always be those who manage to find a reason to hold a grudge – sometimes, oddly enough, it’s because of your kindness itself. The perpetual concern about others’ opinions can be a mental trap because as human beings, we naturally crave universal approval.

In the world of business, it’s not uncommon for these so-called “enemies” to represent a vocal minority, yet their voices can dominate the room. It’s a challenge not to let their noise cloud your judgment or make you question your decisions. From my personal perspective, I make it a point to steer clear of squabbles with these folks, usually taking my amazing wife’s advice to heart. Jackie’s always telling me to stay cool, not let them get to me, and focus on things that’ll actually help me grow and be mentally productive.

The ability to forgive quickly is a valuable skill, as well, allowing me to smoothly transition to the next task at hand. Honestly, I don’t actively look for enemies, but I’ve come to accept that they might pop up now and then. As long as I’m not letting them occupy space in my mind without paying rent, I can live with it.

Love, crust and pizza dust,

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