Blessings upon blessings

Resentment is subtle. It’s not the same as full-blown anger or hatred. We can still communicate with someone, even live with someone, while feeling resentful. Resentment feels like a tarnished penny that you find on the ground. It still has value, but it’s tainted by the world. 

We can uproot resentment in our thinking. And then we can feel like a shiny penny, sparkling with joy, love, compassion, and vitality. 

Here’s one way I did this. A couple of months ago I felt as if I were being put upon by someone else. As I saw it, this person wasn’t being compassionate and considerate of my feelings and the things that I needed. The resentment was a sort of “poor me” attitude and a self-justification for why I had the “right” to feel this way. And everything I did came with a burden—tasks that had been completed suddenly came unraveled, annoyance and discontent appeared throughout my household, and my thoughts and outlook on life became bitter.

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