You have tasted something you wish you hadn’t, instead of washing it away with water; you have left it there, to settle, eventually coalescing with the tongue. Has everything that has entered your mouth always tasted this bitter? No, once upon a time something sweet would have been just that, sweet. But bitterness has laid it’s eggs, it has hatched, grown and multiplied.
I have come across bitter people. Walking the streets and a woman in her 30’s shouts and curses at you for accidently bumping into her. I always wonder, what has she forgotten to let go of? How about a family members feud which has caused a split in the family, members of team A must not speak to team B, and those on team B will never accept anyone from team A. Bitterness can be a horrible thing, have you ever witnessed it in someone who is drowning in it. Bitter itself is defined as:
- having a sharp, pungent taste or smell; not sweet (what I based my opening paragraph on)
- feeling or showing anger, hurt, or resentment because of bad experiences or a sense of unjust treatment (The feeling)
“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.” ― Maya Angelou
I get moments where I hold onto anger and I think to myself ‘I better let go before I turn into a sour faced young woman’. It is so easy to hold on to something that hurts, but we are worth more than that, you deserve freedom.
“If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
Final words from Fred Rogers; I Could not agree more:
“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.” ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
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