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Buddha was known for his ability to respond to evil with good. A man who knew about his reputation traveled for miles to test Buddha. When he arrived, he verbally abused Buddha constantly. He insulted him; he challenged him; he did everything he could to offend and criticize him. 

Buddha, unmoved, simply turned to the man and said, “May I ask you a question?” 

The man responded with, “Well, what?” 

Buddha said, “If someone offers you a gift and you decline to accept it, to whom then does it belong?” 

The man said, “It belongs to the person who offered it.” 

Buddha smiled, “That is correct.  So if I decline to accept your abuse, does it not then still belong to you?” 

The man was speechless and walked away.

~Excerpted from “8 Helpful Ways to Deal with Critical People, Personal Excellence.co

Cindy La Ferle

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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