Sunday, March 11, 2012

Revenge Never Settles The Score

A movie with the word “revenge” in the title is a movie that will be highly desired to watch, but in real life, revenge can put you in the position of being the “bad” person, labeled the “psycho”, and even land you in jail.   Secretly harboring hopes of revenge and never actually getting it can also lead to bitterness, contaminating the present and future.

Don’t take it from me.  Take it from, Nelson Mandela who once said, "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for it to kill your enemy."  There is a long and arduous mental journey that you must undertake before reaching a place of understanding Mandela’s wise words; one that he had to take and one that many human beings have had to take throughout the history of mankind. 

This advice is the short cut to its wisdom, if it is taken to heart.

If you have been wronged in some way in your life by someone or some incident and you haven’t an apology or answers as to why this happened, you might thirst for vengeance in hopes of teaching “them” or “the world” a valuable lesson.  Vengeance is a ravenous hunger with a false sense of satisfaction.  Once you have it you believe you will be happy.  

In actuality revenge is an illusion of justice.  It will turn its victims into the vile enemy they hate.  The unjust injury becomes fair.   Revenge for a vengeful deed is in order.   Their victimization is now doubled. 

The cycle of injury continues until someone finally forgives.

End the negative cycle by being the one to let go of revenge and the wasteful thoughts of revenge.  Why spend your time thinking of another person’s demise when you could be thinking about rising above your pain and struggles?  This is an important piece in finding personal happiness.

And if you are the stubborn sort, and resentment and revenge consumes you, take revenge on your victimizer by doing what it takes to make the world a better place for other victims.  Let your roar be heard by the good things you do so that there are less injustices done in the world.   Make a difference; everyone and anyone can.

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