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Journaling Prompts for Releasing Resentment

sheletgoIs resentment destroying your life?

When resentment gets a hold on us, it bites deep.  Webster says that resentment is a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury. 

Most of us have felt resentment towards a person or a situation at some point in our lives.  Resentment pops up for me when I begin to feel like I don’t have a ‘say’ in how life is going.

Today I invite you to consciously step back from resentful feelings and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is it really?
  2. How is this comforting me so much that I can’t let it go?
  3. How can I turn this negativity around and use this energy for good?

By journaling through these questions, I use resentment as a tool to allow myself to grow into a better person.  Remember the quote:

“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”  -Malachy McCourt

This is not to say to ‘stuff it down’.  Our emotions need expression to move on and heal.  Let’s stop putting our happiness in someone else’s hands.  We must choose it for ourselves.  Choose love, peace, adventure, tolerance, true expression, authenticity.  We have the power to choose. 

Today is the day.


~ She Let Go – By Rev Safire Rose ~

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.


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