True power is restraint.

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. TRUE POWER IS RESTRAINT. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.

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  1. I have been only restraint , keeping patience and sitting back to let whatever happen. Nothing happened. For I know things go on and on.

  2. As for the quote itself, “Breathe and allow things to pass.” Is “Let it go.”, and I resent that. It’s not something everyone can do. It’s a vague oversimplification of complex issues of the human psyche, made nauseatingly popular by a successful children’s movie franchise.

    I observe most things with logic, but whose logic applies to which situations? When I am certain of my logic, so is someone else. We can’t both have power, and I am not interested in “power”, more-so understanding and acceptance.

    If “true power” is in restraint, why is it the person who reacts with anger and yells and swears makes me feel totally lost and small? I apply restraint in my responses, but they control the situation and most often get their way.

    And who has an emotional reaction to everything that is said to them? Again, vague and generalistic.

    One more observation, the quote essentially negates itself by suggesting that one ignore the very thing it uses to make its point… words.

  3. @Timothy Kiley, I doubt you will ever come this way again and see my reply, but I saw this quote very differently than you did. No one said to ignore words. No one said to let yourself be overpowered by louder and more passionate individuals. All that was said is that our immediate, knee-jerk, emotional responses to the words (or actions) of others gives others power over us. It allows them to control us. The point of the quote, in my interpretation, is to let the emotional response pass and then to speak or act logically and rationally rather than emotionally. There is a space between stimulus and response and in this space is the power to choose our response. Victor Frankyl and Stephen Covey have both written about this.

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