How I got rid of a grudge

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Your Healings - March 5, 2019

I figured the friendship was over. My former friend and I were in a dispute after consistently doing things to humiliate each other as well as talking about each other behind the other person’s back. Some of this happened at school, and some of it was over social media.

It seemed we would never talk again; we couldn’t stand each other, and we were both angry and hurt. But we went to the same school, so we still had to deal with each other. 

I held a grudge against my former friend for a long time. I told myself that I didn’t like him and had to be enemies with him. It was hard to forgive him because of my pride. But in the back of my mind, the grudge bothered me because we used to be friends. It took more than a year before I was willing to try to think differently about the situation. 

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