Hello, dear friend. Have you ever held onto a grudge, a hurt, a pain that seems to never go away? Have you ever felt like you’re constantly carrying a heavy weight on your shoulders, one that drains your energy and dims your spirit? If you have, then you know what resentment feels like.
I’ve been there too, my friend. I know what it’s like to hold onto resentment, to feel like it’s the only way to make someone pay for their wrongs, to feel like it’s the only way to protect yourself from being hurt again. But you know, they say: resentment is like a poison that slowly seeps into your soul, consuming you from the inside out. It’s a thief of joy, stealing away your happiness and your peace of mind.
A Thief of Joy
Resentment a creature of the mind
Invisible to others, but oh so unkind
At first it seems harmless and small
But it grows and festers, consuming us whole
It enters our body like a thief in the night
And slowly but surely it steals our light
We become its captives, its prisoners, its slaves
And with each passing moment, we dig our own graves
We hold onto it tightly, like a precious stone
As if our pain and suffering will be atoned
But it’s a delusion, a trick of the mind
For all it does is make us bitter and blind
It feeds on our anger, our hurt, our pain
And it grows stronger, like a parasite in our brain
It consumes us until we can’t see
The beauty of life, the love, the harmony
But we have a choice to let it go
To release ourselves from its endless woe
We can choose forgiveness, letting love in
And watch as resentment fades away from within
Because in the end it’s just an illusion
A product of our fear mixed with confusion
We can choose to be free, to be whole
And let go of resentment, connect our souls
(2021 © Julia Delaney)
So, what can we do? How can we find light in the darkness of resentment? Well, the first step is to acknowledge that it’s okay to feel hurt, angry, or frustrated. It’s okay to acknowledge our emotions and let ourselves feel them. But we have to be careful not to let those emotions control us. We have to learn how to take care of ourselves and protect our own hearts.
One thing that has helped me is to practice self-compassion. That means treating ourselves with the same kindness and understanding that we would give to a good friend. It means acknowledging our flaws and our mistakes, and accepting ourselves as we are. When we can practice self-compassion, we can also extend compassion to others, even those who have hurt us.
One of my favorite practices that I found essential in overcoming resentment of any kind is the “Just Like You” meditation.
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By recognizing our shared humanity, we can find compassion and understanding for ourselves and for others, and we can begin to let go of the resentment that’s been weighing us down.
Another thing that has helped me is to cultivate a sense of gratitude. When we focus on what we have to be thankful for, we shift our attention away from what we don’t have or what we’ve lost. We start to see the beauty and the goodness that’s still present in our lives. And that can be a powerful antidote to resentment.
Of course, letting go of resentment is easier said than done. It takes time, patience, and practice. But it’s worth it, my friend. It’s worth it to find light in the darkness, to let go of the heavy burden of resentment, and to live a life that’s full of joy and peace.
I hope this poem will be a reminder that you’re not alone in your struggles. That we can find ways to let go and move on, and that we can find joy and beauty even in the midst of pain. So, let’s be kind to ourselves and to others, let’s cultivate gratitude and compassion, and let’s find the light that shines within us all.
Be Alive 🌱
Love ❤️, Julia
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