It may just be me, but I wonder if anyone else feels this way?
I know that walking away from a potentially explosive situation always makes sense. From a legal point of view and from a self-preservation point of view, controlling your emotions - whether they be fear or temper - apologising, even if you are not at all sure how offence has been caused, and removing yourself by the first available safe route is always the best option.
But why do I (we?) always feel bad about it afterwards?
The last situation I walked away from - which was a minor traffic dispute and certainly not worth prison for - I really felt afterwards I should have just smacked the guy in the face.
Strange isn't it? I spend a lot of time drilling core skills and keeping them sharp and I know not striking someone is always the best option. And yet I agonized afterwards over my decision to walk away. I suppose inside this 55 year old (sensible) frame the combative young man (who took no s***) is still bursting to get out.
PS It did me a favour. I've trained harder since. (Goes back to sharpening his tools ...)