“Anger, resentment, and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others–it only changes yours.” ~ Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late …
How often do we take the time to consider how our anger, resentment, and jealousy really affect us? No good ever comes from it… none… zero… zilch. And those thoughts, feelings, and emotions do not change the hearts of others. They only serve to change our own hearts–wounding them until they fester, leaving them with scars and sores.
When I think of the people I know who are angry, resent others and hold grudges, or exhibit jealousy, I do not see happiness at all. That is because negativity will never produce anything positive–it will never help the situation and it will never help those individuals to find happiness and peace. As long as they hold on to those feelings, they will continue to congest their hearts and minds. Those feelings truly are a destructive force… and their path of destruction goes directly through us.
We can find peace in our heart today; we can begin by letting go of those nasty feelings we harbor inside. And once we are free of them, we can fill the void they leave with compassion, forgiveness, and love. I challenge you to look into a mirror today, and really observe yourself. Does the person you see looking back at you truly reflect the soul you hold inside your body?
Make your heart a refuge of peace and love by freeing it of all negative feelings and emotions.
Questions to consider:
Why is it so easy to hold on to anger, resentment, and jealousy?
How does holding our negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions inside make us feel? How does it change the appearance of our hearts?
What are some ways in which we can work to let go of our negative feelings such as anger, resentment, and jealousy?
For further thought:
“How could I feel so miserable in the midst of such splendor? The question flashed through me all at once, not waiting for words to express it. The answer came more slowly: No one makes you angry. Anger, like love, is something you choose. Stunned, I sat down in the middle of the field I’d been walking through. I knew I needed to look within myself, let go of my anger and have a quiet talk with God.” ~ Susan L. Taylor