“Be the bigger bear.”
– Special Correspondent Dena
Dena always tells us to be the bigger bear. For years I assumed that that was a cute-and-fuzzy way of telling us to be the bigger person – to be gracious and generous even when our patience was frayed and kindness tapped out. But Dena kept saying that in situations when it seemed that gumption, not giving, was called for. So I finally asked what the motto meant.
“If you cross a black bear, grab some sticks and hold them over your head. Make the bear think that you’re the bigger bear. That way you’ll scare him off and win – and not die.”
That sounds more like the Dena we know. The one who knows that you aren’t a doormat – you’re a bigger bear. So be one.