There are Times When Taking the High Road Does Not Pay

It is interesting. During the weekend, I was checking my Facebook feed (well I do that everyday anyway) and a friend of mine who is normally a positive person was venting. I am not sure what the story really was and even if I knew, I would not blab it on here anyway. It is not anyone’s business. But she was basically saying that she had put up with so much abuse from a “friend” to the point where she could no longer take the “high road”. And I completely agree. Sometimes you can’t take the “high road” like so many so-called spiritual gurus say. Especially when it comes to defending yourself and your rights.

I mean it is one thing to walk away and ignore some stupid insult that someone who is clearly beneath you hurls out at you. That is when you should take the high road because you certainly never want to stoop down to their level. Especially if you are working on improving yourself as well as expanding your career. If someone keeps throwing personal insults at you say on Facebook or Twitter, block that individual and they can no longer do that. Whatever you do, do not exchange insults or else you are the one who will look just as bad as he or she does.

However, if these insults escalate to abuse and harassment, then taking the high road is not an option anymore. You need to protect yourself and to not become a victim. Don’t do it by throwing a bunch of insults at the individual. Threaten the individual that you will take legal action if this continues. Let them know you have documented everything you have said. Get the cops involved if you must. If you take the “high road” when it comes to abuse and harassment, you are just being a doormat and a victim. Learn to draw the line. Same thing goes for if you discover any harsh gossip that has been going on about you. If you discover that, you need to confront that individual and you certainly don’t have to be nice about it either.

My point of this is, I am tired of those who are trying to lead a positive lifestyle to tell you to “take the high road” if someone does something nasty to you and don’t tell you when you have to draw the line. When it comes to downright bullying, harassment and abuse, you CAN’T take the high road unless you want to be a perpetual victim.

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Miriam Slozberg is an author, social media consultant and depression advocate. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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7 Responses to There are Times When Taking the High Road Does Not Pay

  1. Cyndi August 30, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    I have to agree. There are times when being the the more mature one is necessary. However, when it comes to harassment, extreme measures need to be taken. Unfortunately, the last time it happened with me I did not take it up with the authorities like I really should have. I had to resort to blackmail. I had something on the jerk who threatened me. And you know what? It worked like a charm.

    • Miriam September 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Sometimes you have to do that unfortunately but only if absolutely necessary.

  2. Gina August 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I agree. Sometimes taking what people consider to be the high road is allowing people to walk on you.

    • Miriam September 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Gina, you are 100% right.

  3. Rhonda September 3, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Taking the high road is not always the best road to take.

  4. Stephanie Randall September 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    When some punk is insulting you, you really have to look away and not react. However, I do agree if you are being harassed. Though I don’t believe in seeking revenge for the sake of it. Get the authorities involved if you must, that will usually get them to stop. If not, they will be having to deal with the authorities.

    • Miriam September 5, 2012 at 1:41 am #

      Well let me tell you. I had a long term friendship with someone who had some mental issues. And I looked past it because I knew deep down she was a good person. However, her husband did not like me and she flipped out at me last year horribly (and I think her husband told her that I was a bad person and all…. yeah he is a piece of work) to the point that I had to get the authorities involved to keep her and her husband away. Not have heard from her since and it makes me sad that a friendship like that went sour all of a sudden but I also think there was a blessing in that (just wish it did not end so harshly) because she chose to stay mentally sick (and I am sorry, sympathy goes only so far with it) and I chose to rise above her. If she or anyone else in her family contacted me again I would get the authorities after them in a heartbeat. That would be very bad for them because they were already warned.

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