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Resentment

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Each time we encounter our own failings or those of someone else, we can learn something. When we choose to refrain from judging someone, that doesn’t mean we turn around and offer blind trust. We need to read situations, and make wise decisions. Refraining from judging and offering forgiveness doesn’t mean we deny reality and put ourselves in unsafe or unhealthy situations…It does mean that we watch what we say about it to others, we monitor our thoughts about the person involved, and we nip resentment in the bud by remembering our own need for mercy.

Vincent de Paul

Let us beware of complaints, resentments and evil-speaking against those who are ill-disposed to us, discontented with us, or hostile to our plans and arrangements, or who even persecute us with injuries, insults, and calumnies. Rather let us go on treating them as cordially as at first or more so, as far as possible showing them esteem, always speaking well of them, doing good, serving them on occasions, even to the point of taking shame and disgrace upon ourselves, if necessary to save their honor.  All this ought to be done, first, to overcome evil with good…

Henri Nouwen

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

Dale Carnegie

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

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