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5.20.2007

Before I Open My Hand And Let This Go:

Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Buddha

6 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

Oven mitts, Mireille.

6:14 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

LOL @ doug's quip!

I'm making a profession of being angry these days. I love the Buddha but can't follow his precepts. Not possible.

10:14 AM

 
Blogger Eden said...

Thanks for all you've been saying lately about fathers and hate and mothers and love (not necessarily in that order). Does death remove people from our lives? I can never figure that one out. It seems like it should. I hope you get free of the man who's been like acid on your soul.

4:23 AM

 
Blogger TLP said...

I've seen children who were freed by the death of one who mistreated them. May it be so with you.

I know that Buddha was much wiser and smarter than I, but I feel that anger is justified when the abuser is an adult and the abused is a child.

My own father was a four-star jerk. But he stopped mattering to me long before he died. Still, there are times when I do feel hurt all over again.

1:21 PM

 
Blogger WinterWheat said...

I am sorry to draw parallels between your life and a Madonna video, but do you remember the one with the lyric, "you can't hurt me now," showing a slo-mo clip of a little girl dancing on a gravestone? Not many people are brave enough to admit to being relieved when someone dies, especially a family member. (Yay to Madonna for leading the way yet again...)

There's one reason people will be relieved when you die, and that's if you gave them reason to fear you. I can think of no stronger argument against "winning through intimidation" than the promise of an empty funeral parlor. :-(

12:17 PM

 
Blogger ariel said...

Buddha is so wise. but anger doesn't just go away. it's hungry and going to eat you unless you give it something else to eat.

5:36 AM

 

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