My mother would continuously tell me to “take the high road” and I thought I understood what the term meant. I thought it meant just what it said and so, I never asked her to explain. I took its meaning at face value: Don’t make waves, give in if you have to, peace at all costs. I was so wrong.
It took me until this year to grasp its true meaning, its value. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way.
I encourage you to discuss with your children (it is never too late) the true meaning of “take the highroad” because dealing with problems in our families, the workplace and our relationships is an ongoing part of all of our lives. Our children have their lives ahead of them. Let’s pass this gift on. It is better than anything money can buy.
Taking “the highroad” defines a person’s action. It is not the easy or popular path, but it is righteous and gives one a sense of empowerment.
Taking the low road comes from weakness.
Our first reaction is based on emotion: Rage, hurt, embarrassment or disbelief. You want to defend, attack or even scream out in disbelief. Our second emotion is based on defending ourselves: Knee jerk reactions instead of thoughtful response. You gain nothing. You feel weak and frustrated. You are coming from weakness, not strength.
Taking the high road comes from strength.
You live your life by your moral code of values. You do not let your emotions overtake your beliefs. This is your strength. This is your power. This is not about the other person or situation. It is about you.
I spent the last 42 years learning my lesson. I will always, in my future, ‘take the highroad.’
I will use my God-Given talents to serve others, to encourage others and to build each other up.
~1 Peter 4:10 & 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Bear one another's' burdens.