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Some Small Self Improvement

I'm proud of myself right now. I'm sure the feeling will fade soon enough, but for now, and at least the next 4.3 seconds, I'm proud of myself.

I teased someone about something recently - I typically only tease people I like - and he completely misinterpreted what I was saying and got quite upset with me in an email he sent three days after the fact.

The old me would have responded immediately, pointing out the many facts that were wrong or perhaps cursing similar to the lashing he doled. Or perhaps the old me would have deleted the email and gone about my day.

Despite the inaccuracies and the fact that I was trying to joke around and tease, I took the blame for not making my intent clear and apologized. I took the high road, and it's something I'm doing more and more of as I get older. I'm slowly learning that it's not always important to be right - sometimes it's better to just get along.

Now I don't quite adopt the same policy on forums (not that an opinion can be "right" or "wrong"), and even in person or with people I care about I still have a looooong way to go, but I'm improving. I'm working on it.

And yeah, this is a bit of a pat on the back. I deserve it. I don't deserve more than this. And if Chris Rock were here I'd say "no, I don't want a cookie." But this much? I'll take. Maybe it'll help me make the same choice more frequently.