Day 29: Choosing Your Contentions, Proverbs 29

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I work in education.  In an environment where research is king, debates and pontifications abound, research methodologies analyzed, and more questions are raised than answered.  Such conversations sometimes lead to great realizations; other times, it is spinning circles leading nowhere.

The latter seems the case when a wise man contends with a fool:

“If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.” –verse 9

Choose your debates wisely.  Understand what you hope to gain from the interaction–and if that gain could not possibly be had, disengage before you even start, for all you will earn is a headache.

Put aside the desire to be right, to prove yourself right, and to show the world you are right.  The wise one contends with purpose–and that purpose is to change lives, not to prove himself.

Choose your battles wisely and you may just find you battle far less frequently.

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