Category Archives: Bitterness

Biting ourselves

There’s an old saying that no matter how long you nurse a grudge, it won’t get better. It reminds me of an American wildlife expert who claimed that a rattlesnake, if cornered, will sometimes become so angry it will bite … Continue reading

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“While you’re carrying a grudge, they’re out dancing.”

There are few things that cause greater misery than bitterness of spirit. It can even destroy those who understand human behaviour best. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology died a bitter and disillusioned man. Despite his knowledge he had … Continue reading

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The story may start with prejudice … but

There’s a tendency to discount the Bible because of odd verses in the Old Testament that don’t fit modern ideas. But one of the basic rules of understanding is that you have to look at the whole story, not just … Continue reading

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Nursing a grudge won’t make it get better

There’s an old story about two monks who came to a river crossing and found an old woman sitting there afraid to venture into the water. Much to the annoyance of his companion, one of the monks volunteered them to … Continue reading

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Signs of a sick spirit

There’s an old Jewish story about two shopkeepers who were bitter rivals and would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he’d smile in triumph at his rival. If the other got the … Continue reading

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Envy rots the bones

Researchers at the University of Atlanta recently conducted tests on a group of monkeys whereby each monkey had to pick up a small stone and bring it to the researcher. Each time they did it they’d receive a slice of … Continue reading

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The ship that shot itself

During World War Two the American submarine Tang fired her last eight torpedoes against a Japanese convoy off the coast of China. The first seven were on target, but the eighth suddenly deviated and boomeranged back unseen to strike the … Continue reading

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What’s in the bag?

There’s an old legend about three men each carrying two sacks, one on their back and one on their front.. When asked what was in the sacks, the first said, “On my back are all the good things that have … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Destroy an Enemy

Dale Carnegie made a very insightful statement about hate and what it does to us rather than to those we hate. “When we hate our enemies,” he said, “we give them power over us – power over our sleep, our … Continue reading

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Finding Our Song

Annie Chapman tells about a woman she found sitting sadly alone at the back of the church after everyone had left. She sat down next to her and the woman began to tell her story. Her oldest son suffered from … Continue reading

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