Have you ever felt like you just wanted to punch someone’s lights out?
Believe it or not, I had that feeling (for a small moment) yesterday.
I was standing in the driveway of my Karate instructors house with my 2 middle boys, Camden and Kyson.
(Here’s a pic of Camden)
Kayden, my oldest, was in class so the 2 younger kids and I were outside enjoying the spring weather and fresh air.
All of a sudden, one of the other dad’s comes over and starts talking to me about random stuff like his glory days of street fighting.
As is my habit, I listen and show interest in what he’s saying (even though I feel like some of it is complete nonsense).
This is one of my BIG secrets of getting people to like me.
This evil scheme of social strategy is revealed in the book “How To Win Friends And Influence People“, and it works like magic every time.
All of a sudden, the guy says “How old are your boys?”
I tell him, well Camden there is 6 and his other brother is 4.
Camden is standing next to me, listening to the conversation.
The guy says “6!? He’s so small! I thought he was 3!”
And it was then, that I wanted to punch his lights out for being such an ignorant jerk, and saying something that had the potential to do serious psychological damage to the mind of a 6 year old boy.
But I refrained.
One of my old friends, Todd from Baltimore, taught me something that’s helped me a LOT over the years.
He said, Paul… “The higher can understand the lower, but the lower cannot understand the higher”.
This doesn’t mean that one is better than another, but that certain people DO have more or less knowledge, enlightenment, tact and understanding than others.
It’s the job of the “Higher” to stop, refrain from knee jerk reactions… and instead, bring understanding to the situation.
So, I remained quiet, finished the conversation and I saved my ‘revenge’ for later. 😉
Later on that evening my family is gathered around the kitchen table eating fish, rice & veggies. (yeah baby, healthy style… *Thanks honey)
I say, “Boys, should we listen to everything everyone says, or be selective in who we listen to?”
Camden says, “Be selective dad!”.
That’s right son.
Why is that?
We then had an AWESOME discussion, around the dinner table, about how some people just don’t know…
…and how we should be extremeley careful in what information we take in (and from whom).
We talked about that guy who’d made the rude comment earlier and about why his comments didn’t matter at all to us.
Cool thing is, my son Camden wasn’t even phased by the comment.
That little 6 year old has more wisdom in his ‘little’ body than the full grown adult man standing next to us earlier that day.
And that makes me smile.
The lesson here was stated perfectly by Dr. Napoleon Hill.
“Seek council, not opinion.”
Amen Dr. Hil.
I’m so grateful that my journey has taught me, not just how to be free with my time and money…
It’s taught me priceless lessons that I can pass on to my children.
So that hopefully, as they grow, they’ll be a little wiser… a little stronger… and a little more prepared to face the world ahead.
This business, is WAY more than just a business.
And I LOVE it!
🙂 Did you like this story? Have you ever felt like slugging someone before? lol. I’d love to hear down below.