The best defense is not always a good offense. In boxing, when one is attacked aggressively by an opponent, a method of defense is to avoid the punch by moving your body away from it.
Someone tries to hit you and, instead of blocking them with your arm or fist, instead of hitting back, you just move your body out of the way so that it doesn’t get hit. Yes, it may seem like a passive move but it is a necessary move in some instances because that punch is going to hurt if it hits your body.
The expression “roll with the punches” applies this strategy to real life situations.
It doesn’t mean that we need to passively just accept the attacks life throws at us but that we need to know when aggression cannot be fought with further aggression. Sometimes to best diffuse an aggressive act, we need to take a step back and just avoid being hurt by it.
This typically applies to things we cannot control, like aging, for example. I met an elderly woman of about 70 who lamented that she was no longer able to do some of the outdoor work that needed to be done around her house. Now, she had to hire someone to help her with it. Being someone who always seeks ways around obstacles, I began to think about this.
On the one hand, aging is inevitable. If we’re lucky enough to live for a long time, sooner or later we’re bound to have health problems that may create limitations for us.
On the other hand, in today’s rapidly changing society, technology is making it increasingly easier for us to overcome obstacles such as the aging process.