Thick Skins

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16

Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of West Germany, pointed out that “a thick skin is a gift from God.” Overlooking an insult falls directly into that category.

How much would our lives improve if we just ignored those little slights against us, those nitpicking little comments that friends and family make that just set us off? But we often can’t “let it go” because for whatever reason we choose to simmer and stew over the comment.

You’ve heard it a thousand times, but here it is again: life’s too short to let the small things rip us apart. You and I will probably eventually let it go, so why not sooner rather than later?

Developing that thick skin takes time but we develop it sooner by letting it go now…

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