Responding to criticism that his material or show was offensive actor and comedian Ricky Gervais said, “Offense is taken, not given. Just because someone is offended doesn’t mean that they are right.”
I have been on both sides of the issue of offense. I have been the unintentional offender for all kinds of reasons. My intentions were misunderstoond, my words poorly chosen, my thoughts unclear, my patience gone… you name it.
I have also been the recipient of poorly chosen words, bad timing, thoughtless remarks, and other various words and gestures from frustrated members of the human race. I’m not going to say I have never been offended…I have “taken offense” from time to time. But I have also not taken it…even when it was intentional. (HINT: not taking it is much better for everyone)
I have heard it said that “He who takes offense when none was intended is a fool. He who takes offense when offense was intended is an even greater fool.” ~ B. Young
We can choose not to be offended and we can choose to remove ourselves from places, people and situations where things we may find offensive are more likely to occur.
Listened to a nice podcast on “How to develop more discipline this morning…. if you could use a bit more…then maybe you could use this podcast.