There have been several times in my life where someone has asked if their thoughts, or opinions they have shared with me offended me. I have a canned response to that now. I respond that I don’t offend easily, and if someone wants to offend me, I’m going to make them work for it. It does take a lot to offend me, and I’ll have to say that there are ultimately those who want to beat me over the head with their opinion. What those individuals don’t realize is that the more they do this, the more I’m convinced their argument is weak. If someone can’t engage in healthy debate and conversation, then in my mind, their position is weak and invalidated. It is with those who wish to share their thoughts, as well as hear mine that provide me with food for thought and personal growth. To engage in such conversation is frees one of being offended and holding grudges against those who don’t agree with their position on a subject. Below are a insightful quotes for today’s food for thought.

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”
― Shannon L. Alder