This quote has been stuck in my head recently:
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
I really believe this and you can see it all the time. Especially in war where anger causes so much death and destruction, but you can also see it at home. When you’re mad at a friend and you spend all day with that anger in you, that is not a joyful day. The question is how to get past the anger, right?
I think this becomes tremendously difficult when the person (or persons) you’re angry with is not remorseful and won’t change.
Is forgiveness essential for letting go of anger? Or can you let go of your anger, accept, and move on?
Is retaliation ever okay? And if so, when?
Is retaliation different from punishment? Are these things different from consequences – all actions have them, right? Some good, some bad…
Okay, that’s all I have. Just questions and no answers! Haha, pretty par for the course!
May your day be filled with loving kindness, Namaste!