One negative emotion we can discard is resentment. It has no place in our emotional makeup. That doesn’t mean we won’t feel resentful at times. Stone Seven instructs us to feel our emotions, and so we recognize when resentment rears its ugly head. But, we choose to see it for what it is, release it, and replace it.
If someone was given a promotion we thought belonged to us, we can resent them, the person who gave them “our” promotion, and we can probably come up with a list of other people or situations to feed that resentment. Once we’ve felt sorry for ourselves, our next decision will determine our future happiness. We can wallow in the resentment and allow it to eat at us and effectively diminish our progress, or we can choose to be happy for the person who was promoted and try to see why they were the better choice.
It’s not always about our abilities or lack of abilities. Sometimes things happen that can move us from small-mindedness to big-mindedness. Perhaps that promotion was a wakeup call. Perhaps it’s time we venture out on our own. Perhaps being passed over will one day prove to be one of the best things to ever happen to us. Feeling resentment and holding onto it will only hurt us. Letting go, accepting, and looking for ways to share in another’s joy will bring more health and happiness to everyone. When we are free from resentful thoughts, we find peace.
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