Anger, Gossip and Frustration
By Frosty Wooldridge
Back in high school, rumors
started as fast as a lightning storm to destroy any girl’s reputation.
Often out of jealousy for some perceived transgression, classmates concocted
stories to create hurt for another person.
(During your lifetime, you face curving
roads, blind corners that you can’t see coming and things up ahead that
you can’t imagine. You will also meet friends, moments and predicaments
you could never have imagined. Keep pedaling, paddling or hiking
toward your truest self. The journey will reward you with an amazing
As we grew older, most of
us learned through the years that everyone paddles his or her canoe
as best they can on this unique journey through life.
But along the way, in most
communities around the world, people talk about other people. They
make judgments. They hold verdicts. They render conclusions based on
Someone always gets
emotionally damaged by bitter reprisals, anger, gossip and other
It’s been said that,
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
I once knew a friend who
carried grudges against those who wronged him. He piled them into a
potato sack that he slung over his shoulder everyday when he traveled
to work. When I saw him for lunch one day, he carried on with new
additions to his “potato sack full of grudges.”
Finally, I said, “Jack,
you carry so many negative thoughts about folks who have done you
wrong that you keep piling complaints into that sack that you carry
around on your back. The more you complain, the more you add to the
sack—I think it must be getting pretty heavy and pretty rotten.
Have you ever thought of forgiving all those who wronged you?”
“I just can’t,” Jack
“If you did,” I said,
“it would take a load off your mind and emotions. Give it a try.”
“How do I do it?” he
“People can be harsh,
unfair, perverse, dishonest and irrational,” I said. “Just
forgive them anyhow. Forgive them unconditionally in own mind and
heart. They don’t need to know it. You don’t have to tell them.
Just know that you forgave them. In doing that, you forgive
yourself. It’s really freeing.”
Jack seemed to “click”
the solution into his mind. From that day, he let go of his anger,
bitterness, frustrations and disappointments he experienced with
people. One of the best things he did: Jack associated with people
who supported him. He fled “those” people who remained in his
form paradigm. He changed jobs.
The facts: if you grow
into a successful person, others may deride you. Forgive them
It’s possible that if
you maintain honesty and speak your mind, others may call you names
or betray you. Forgive them anyhow.
You may build a business
or work hard to succeed, but someone undermines you. Forgive them
anyhow and move toward your dreams on your earned experiences.
If you show positive
energy and aliveness, others may be jealous and display their envy.
Guess what? Forgive them anyhow.
In my lifetime, I have
picked up a half-million pieces of trash from rivers, lakes and
streams. Also, I picked up trash in the oceans, along roads and in
parks. People keep throwing it. As angry as it makes me, I forgive
Therefore, you may do
things in the world, but people don’t care and forget quickly. Do
your good anyhow.
While the world
disappoints, frustrates and diminishes everyone along the journey,
give the world your best anyhow.
During and at the end of
your life, you discover that you define your journey, how you live it
and how you maintain yourself in the whirling tempest of living.
in Hamlet said, “Neither a borrower or a lender be. For the loan
oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of
husbandry. This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must
follow as the night the day, though canst be false to any man.”
Polonius’ detractors spoke of him as overly officious, garrulous
Be yourself anyhow,
because in the end, it’s all between you and the Great Spirit that
expresses through all of us.
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