The art of protecting your peace is an act of self-care. You have the authority to maintain a healthy environment that promotes growth and productivity. You have the right to separate yourself from anything that attempts to disrupt your peace. You don't have to entertain toxic behaviors or accept invitations to negative parties. Be mindful of those who only want to make themselves known in your life to initiate a debate. It is important, while on the journey of protecting your peace, to understand that you do not need to explain or even defend yourself at all times. Your best defense can be to say nothing at all. Instead of reaching the level of playing a verbal game of ping-pong with someone for the sake of an argument, it is best to keep your peace intact with silence.