Life is too short and precious to let the poison of resentment steal even a bit of our joy, love and enthusiasm. Is there someone in your life that you have “written off” or closed your heart to? Is there a resentment that is so strong that it still lives inside of you? This resentment and closed heart toward anyone is poisoning you and affecting those closest to you.
I remember when we first started our counseling practice and a woman came to us that had been raped. Her anger at being raped was so intense that she was having trouble working and was losing her friends and even her marriage. We asked her to try forgiveness and compassion. She looked at us like we were crazy.
One month later we received a letter of gratitude. Though difficult, she had practiced forgiveness and compassion in her thoughts about this man, and as she did, the anger and poison melted away and in their place the wonderful loving person returned.
Excerpted from the article:
Holding a Grudge: Drinking Poison and Expecting the Other Person to Die
by Joyce Vissell.
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