Today in Sacrament Meeting there was a very wise 13 year old that spoke. She said, "Sometimes I want to be unhappy, but that doesn't make any sense. Why wouldn't I want to be happy?" That might seem pretty basic, but have you ever had a time that you have felt frustrated, depressed, hurt, guilty or mad? You might feel justified and you probably are for a time, but then as you start to calm down and see things differently you are determined to hold onto the unhappy feelings. You figure you are going to punish those around you or the person that did you wrong. This is your way of getting even. Why? Does that make sense?
Think about this quote as you ponder that thought: "Resentment is like you drinking poison and waiting for it to kill your enemy." It will probably never kill your enemy and when we are unhappy or hold onto anger this is exactly what it does. It will kill us long before it kills anyone else. It isn't worth it. Other people will move on and if they choose to be happy they will choose a different direction.
So, the next time you are having a rough day make a choice to be happy. Decide to look for the good. Think about this story and be just like this child. A boy comes up to bat in a baseball game. He goes at the ball with all of his might, but when it comes right down to it he ends up striking out. He looks a little discouraged, but then he says, "Boy that boy is a great pitcher."
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