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Rising Above Bitterness (Part One)

Bitterness is a very subtle negative emotion. It is subtle because it is often equipped with valid reasons for its existence. As we all know, life is a sequence of battles. Disappointments, betrayal, negative thinking, destructive words, loss, injustices, and undesirable circumstances beyond humans’ control have all contributed to the breeding and the legality of this destructive element. We all have reasons to be embittered. At some point in life, we have all been treated badly. The pains of betrayal and disappointments are agonizing enough to keep the memories of our ordeals alive and fresh, thereby holding the instigators responsible for their actions in our hearts.

Many bold victims spend hours replaying the painful memories of the past, while at the same time mapping out their best strategy for their potential revenge against those who wronged them. On the other hand, the people who are slightly vulnerable or less confrontational seemingly collapse into self-pity and can only manage to articulate their hurt in a letter of their emotional torment which may never be posted.

The pain of betrayal is real. If you have never been a victim of disloyalty, loss, unfaithfulness or any form of debilitating abuse, you might not be able to understand why some are critically embittered. In a natural sense, as mentioned earlier, nearly all negative emotions can be justified. I have never yet come across anyone who is merely embittered without reason. Although, many have become experts in hiding sources of their bitterness because they think revealing them could be a sign of weakness, its symptoms and fruits cannot be completely sheltered. Bitterness has an odour. It can be smelled. It also has an aura. It can be sensed. Its effects on the human countenance are so expressive that they can be seen. Its impact is so strong; it dictates human’s actions. Likewise, its eyes are so domineering; they compel humans to only see through them.

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