A car cuts you off on the highway.

Someone takes the parking spot you were waiting for.

Your coffee order is wrong.

Your flight is cancelled and you won’t get home until tomorrow.

The world tells us to be the victim, to demand retribution for the smallest slights. And, lucky you, there are hundreds of opportunities in the average day to choose to be a victim.

But, if you have to ask the barista to correct your order and he doesn’t offer you a free drink . . . does it really matter? Do you really care? Is it worth caring about?

Most of the time, the answer is a resounding, “No.”

Being the victim takes a lot of emotional energy that has to be drawn from other areas of your life. It’s not worth the emotional investment required to play the victim.

Direct that energy into productive, positive things, instead.