Life is too short to hold grudges. Whenever we are in an argument or a disagreement with another person our principle goal is to not only hurt them verbally or physically but we want to be the one who is right. We already know that you cannot force someone to see things your way and when they don’t we tend to hold grudges. I know far too many people who held grudges against another person and never had a chance to make amends because the other party is no longer here. Don’t fall into that trap; choose today to forgive the person you hold a grudge against. More importantly, choose today to forgive yourself.
While it can be challenging to forget how someone has wronged you, it is imperative that you forgive them. The extra weight you hold in your mind and in your heart is a direct result of you holding on to a resentment that you should let go of. In many cases, the person you hold a grudge against may not even know that you do; they may not even care. That is even more reason to forgive them and move on with your life. Apologizing costs you nothing and accepting one doesn’t either. In addition, forgiving costs you nothing but the return on investment is immeasurable.
An ancient Buddhist quote says, “Holding a grudge is like drinking the poison and expecting the other person to die.” What it simply means is by holding a grudge you allow yourself to be so upset at someone else for something they did and they may not even know you are upset at them. When we hold a grudge against someone, it eats away at us slowly. It truly is like drinking poison but in most cases we are the ones who are ultimately affected. Don’t drink the poison, forgiving is less dangerous.
Release yourself from your grudges and your need to be constantly right. Don’t let life pass you by while you are holding this extra baggage. Letting go of a grudge will allow you to live your life more fully. Today, choose to forgive, let go of any grudges you may be holding on to and watch as the doors where blessings flow open unto you.
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