There are some situations when it is important to stand your ground. I had one of these experiences today.
My initial reaction was to accept what was being said to me, and yet unconsciously it felt unjust. I allowed myself some time to ‘cool off’ and then decided to explain to the person exactly how I felt face-to-face. Let’s just say that this very frank conversation didn’t resolve the matter, and yet I knew that I was being true to myself by taking this approach.
A few hours ago, I had a knock at the door. The person concerned was very apologetic and explained that earlier events, before our conversation, had made them stressed and very irritable. We ended up having a really good chat and shook hands.
Now, I could have brushed off this earlier exchange, but I know that our relationship would have been strained from then on. Stating my feelings was a risk but the greater damage would have been to compromise my true self. The result has been a very friendly resolution and a better relationship.