I’ve Learned:  That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

Feelings of bitterness can affect the way a person is with friends and family.  These feelings surface where deep hurt has been caused.  It causes you to put up personal boundaries to prevent you from getting hurt again, as you are hurting inside.

Bitterness starts out small. An offense burrows its way into our hearts. We replay it in our minds, creating deep ruts that will be hard to build back up. We retell our hurts to any available listener, including each sordid detail. We enlist support, pushing us further into our resentment.

Bitterness is also a way to hide from a fear of life change or of failing. If something bad happened that you can be bitter about, you can use it as an excuse to not try other things.

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” ― Maya Angelou

You will not get past your anger and bitterness if you keep wallowing in it and making excuses for your bad behavior.  Look around you and count your blessings.  Make thankfulness and gratefulness a part of your everyday life.  If you do this, your anger and bitterness will recede and eventually disappear as you become happier and more content with life.

Don’t give away your power by stewing in bitterness.  The best revenge is to do well.

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