I'll stay honest, in a vague way, which I hope is honest enough here:
I almost acted petty about something. In an email, I asked someone I know (not a reader of this blog) for a favor. The person, someone I like and respect, turned me down. They had a reason to do so, and they explained. Their reason, without getting into detail, was kind of a hit to my ego. But Oh, I thought. They've got a point.
And yet...I wanted to act petty. To be petty. To reply that way. Maybe try to make them feel bad for their decision. I've seen people do that. I understand the temptation. I've let myself do this before.
I can be petty. I also can keep from acting petty, and that is more important.
I'll figure out how I'll respond. It will most likely be straight to the point, simple. OK, I hope I can say. I understand.
Like Da Mayor said in Do the Right Thing, "Always do the right thing."