Thomas Jefferson once said “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” In our all for one society it can be difficult to shake things off and take the high road. The high road is a closed road in our modern political landscape. Only […]

Thomas Jefferson once said “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

In our all for one society it can be difficult to shake things off and take the high road.

The high road is a closed road in our modern political landscape. Only the low road is open. Its a war of insults. Who can slam the other the fastest? Much like a prize fight or a football game, we cheer and boo for what ever team or party we are a fan of.

The days of leading by example are long over in politics and I hope we don't follow this path.

In our daily work life it can be difficult to merge onto the high road. Co-workers that enjoy dwelling in the negative and pushing buttons can be hard to deal with. These people are the ones you need to take the high road with.

Pushing the real life mute button and plastering a smile on your face while you would feel much more inclined to verbally bite back can be tough to do. Especially in the work place. It can be much easier to wear your emotions on your sleeve and point a finger in a face.

Yet the ability to ignore and move on, shows great balance and control. Those you choose to ignore, may see this as a battle won or a verbal victory, but in reality you took the high road in the situation.

Good for you.

Raising children can have its low and high road moments as well. When you are rested and feeling good, its easy to show love and take the high road with problems within the home. You can discipline a child in a calm manner and make sure they understand the mistakes that have been made.

However, when you are tired and run down, the patience level is weakened and you have trouble keeping your emotions in check. It becomes very easy to perform a version of your child's tantrum yourself.

Getting stuck on the low road highway can only keep one down and in a state of fear and frustration. Staying positive and looking for a way to channel your frustration into a learning experience is key.

I struggle with this as do most people,

Albeit the teenager throwing a fit, the angry at the world co-worker, or the politicians that insult one another on television.

While it won't come easy, keeping yourself on the high road and focusing on what is really important will keep you from sweating the small stuff.