Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting even doesn’t mean you’ve won

By Craig Ruvere
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  Gandhi
What is the first thing we often think of after someone has wronged or disrespected us?
Getting even.
It’s human nature to want to inflict the same kind of pain and punishment on our attackers, but at the end of the day what does that really accomplish? Yes, you might gain some temporary satisfaction, but inevitably you’ll find yourself riddled with disappointment that you’ve compromised who you really are simply to get even.
Of late I’ve been struggling with this – so angered and frustrated by others complete disregard and disrespect that I’ve actually contemplated stooping to their levels simply to gain retribution.

But each time the thought pops into my head I begin to realize something. Life isn’t a game and simply getting even doesn’t mean you’ve won the battle, it just means you’ve lost your self-respect.
I’d like to think that being a person of character will not go unrewarded. That relinquishing all the bitterness we harbor in our hearts will allow our own lives to flourish.
I’m reminded of something Helen Keller once said: “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”
How very true. 

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