Mid-November 2020 Newsletter
Hello, and a more nimble Mid-November to you!
Dealing with resentment
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about dealing with resentment.
With the pandemic and the new restrictions it has placed on our lives, there is plenty to resent. Why do I have to wear a mask?
Why aren't those people wearing masks? Why can't I get into the hospital, for anything other than the virus? Why can't
I get a tattoo? This is so limiting, and so infuriating!
Another source of resentment is at our powerlessness in being able to help or comfort our elderly friends and relatives, or
our children or grandchildren, who may be very frightened for themselves, or at seeing their peers stricken with the virus.
Many of us don't feel safe right now, and we're angry at how helpless and boxed-in we feel about that.
Resentment is anger or indignation at some person or group or event which has harmed us. This is stored-up energy ready to act.
If the energy isn't expressed, hopefully in a constructive way, it can make us sick. This is exactly the poison Nelson Mandela
is referring to.
We can get help to confront a bully, or act for social change to overturn an unfair law. For a natural disaster such as the
pandemic which might wreck our lives like a hurricane, the right action isn't so obvious. Should we scream at the Heavens?
Bury ourselves in ice cream or chocolate or mind-numbing activities to distance ourselves from the painful reality?
We all need comfort and a basic sense that Life is on our side. When times get tough and we feel picked on, it's natural
for self-pity to set in. One way out is to help someone who has it worse than you do. Remember this quote from Arabian folklore:
"I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet"? As bad as you think you have it, there is always someone
who has it worse, who could benefit from what you have to give.
Helping someone in need can give you perspective. Maybe you've never thought about having no shoes, let alone missing a key body part.
There are folks in prison who may rarely have the sun shine on their faces, or feel the kiss of a raindrop. If you appreciate the little
blessings in your life, you'll feel any resentment melting away, transforming into gratitude. You are so fortunate!
For an article on resenting your vision situation and how that can hurt your progress,
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Enjoy the second half of this noble month of November.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!