Monday, February 13, 2012

The best kind of revenge.

Revenge is a tricky thing. A philosophy that often blurs the line between those who believe in it and those who don't. Those who hold a firm grasp on the phrase "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Or those who wisely respond back with "An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind."

Given the situation, most of us know revenge morally wrong. Childish. Spiteful. Foolish, even. Which could be why many people are embarrassed to admit that they made a decision that can be deduced to mere retaliation. But we've all done it. And have celebrated the sweet taste of pay back by recounting the story and high-fiving our best friends.

So now that I have written the next introduction for ABC's hit show, I'll get to the point. As I watched Adele collect Grammy, after Grammy, after very well deserved Grammy last night, my stance on revenge became very clear.

Obviously I didn't take this photo, but I did edit it & make the graphic. Link back to me please!

Everyone can name someone who has done them wrong. Who has hurt them. Betrayed them. Pushed them to their limit and driven them to want to seek revenge. But where does that really get them in the end? Are a few moments of instant gratification enough? What if Adele chose to slash her ex's tires instead of re-directing her emotions into heartfelt songs?

The world would be a better place if revenge meant channeling spiteful energy into moving beyond a negative situation through positive, forward motion. To rise above and create happiness from anger or sadness. To take revenge by allowing yourself to shake your head and laugh at the bloke from your past. The one that ironically enabled you to propel into a better future. And it's your little secret if you feel the need to silently flip them the bird behind your new found smile.

PS. If you're like me and can't get enough of Adele, she is gracing the March cover of Vogue. Click here to preview the stunning spread. Oh, and Chuck Palahniuk is the bad-ass author of The Fight Club.

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