Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The High Road

“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it *kills* you. ”

― Elsie de Wolfe

I first saw this quote in an issue of Real Simple in May 2009. At this time in my life, in particular, I was spending a lot of time on the high road and, quite frankly, I was starting to get a little tired of it. It wasn't going to be long before things got ugly. 

I don't know what it was about these seventeen words, but they hit home and quickly became my mantra. I have it written in my planner, pinned to the board in my office...

It's basically everywhere I am, reminding me that no matter how many times I have to be the bigger person, no matter how many times I am on the high road alone, I must be gracious.

Even if my feelings are hurt.

Even if it sucks.

Even if I'm the one being wronged.

Even if it's family. 
{Especially if it's family}

Even if it *kills* me.

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  1. I hate the preponderance of the word "printable" these days, but I need to make one of this quote. I love it. I've had it in an inspiration folder for a long time. I'm so glad it's helped you as much as it's helped me.

    The foil to this quote is another favorite -- "If you're going through Hell, keep going." ~ Winston Churchill

  2. You are so right. It's hard to be gracious sometimes but you just must. Ugh. Haha!

  3. I need to remember this too. Thanks for the reminder...and hopefully there are less times you are having to take the high road and can be genuinely gracious. I know I hope for that :)

  4. GREAT words to live by! A reminder we all need from time to time.


  5. thanks for posting! I really needed to read this one today. excellent inspiration!

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