For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve read lately. I don’t know if when the quote was made it was meant to be advice or just a statement but I’m taking it as advice.
I should put it on a sign and hang it up where I see it often. We really should never let anger steal our joy away. I think there are going to be things that make us angry but it’s when we hold on to them and bear grudges that last and last is where the problems tend to lie. Letting go of hurts and anger is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for others too.
Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for compassion, kindness and peace. When we feel peaceful, we are happy. So here at the end of this year, I’m letting go of any grudges I’m still harboring and hoping to find a little compassion and understanding instead. I don’t want any one or any thing trying to steal my joy. Time is too short and life is too precious.