Umbrage

The problem with taking offense is that it’s really hard to figure out what to do with it after you’re done using it.

Better to just leave it on the table and walk away. Umbrage untaken quietly disappears.

— Seth Godin, Taking Umbrage

I can’t think of a time when losing my temper helped out in the long run. More often than not, you get upset or take umbrage, not because of the situation or person you’re taking offence to. It’s because you’re angry at yourself – a perceived ineptness, shortcoming or deficiency.

That’s why, eventually, when you’re done taking offence, all you’re left with is your insecurity and whatever collateral damage was caused.

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