“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”
Author: Charlotte Bronte
I hope I am wrong but there seems to be widespread animosity running rampant these days. It appears that civility has lost its importance for many folks. It will do us no good to allow unreasoned acrimony to drive people away from respectful dialogue with each other.
Today’s political rhetoric has helped to feed peoples intolerance for ideas other than their own. In some quarters friends are afraid to discuss issues with each other for fear of an unreasoned response. Winning because of one’s ability to shout down another is nothing more than bullying. What must children think when they see adults substitute insults for rational discussion.
If we fight amongst ourselves we limit our chances of solving our problems. I just hope that the current national political enmity is not a reflection of who we have become as a people.
Here is a short piece from the Stronghold Smashers blog that says it better than I can.
Free from the Stronghold of Animosity
Animosity builds a stronghold in our lives when we stop forgiving and give ourselves over to ill will. Unfortunately animosity claims a right to revenge and can hurt the person, persons, or group it targets. Eventually it hurts and will even murder the host if left unchecked.
When animosity builds a stronghold it displays itself in action, inviting spite, gossip, hate, malice, bitterness and many other demons along with it to build strongholds in the host as well. The curses these demons bring can ruin the host and the object of its agenda.
Animosity is selfish and deceptive. It will hide itself very cleverly for years. It keeps seven abominations close by and one of these evils has its roots in manipulation. When it surfaces it will take its host and others by surprise. Because animosity is cloaked in deception it confuses the host as well as the objects of its agenda.
The resentment animosity carries can become very destructive. The only way to deal with this demonic stronghold is through love. Love may not necessarily heal the person harboring animosity because of the denial brought on by deception, but it can heal or protect the person or persons it targets.
It’s difficult to have any animosity towards someone if you recognize that on so many levels they’re exactly the same as you.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
It was a terrible night, blowing cold and rain in a most frightful manner. The streets were deserted and the local baker was just about to close up shop when a little, old man slipped through the door. He carried an umbrella, blown inside out and was bundled in two sweaters and a thick coat. But even so, he still looked wet, freezing and bedraggled.
As he unwound his scarf, he said to the baker, “May I have two poppy seed bagels to go, please?”
The baker said in astonishment, “Two bagels? Nothing more?”
“That’s right,” answered the little man. “One for me and one for Sherry.”
“And who is Sherry, your wife?” asked the baker.
“What did you think,” snapped the little man, “that my mother would send me out on a night like this?!”
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart, give yourself to it.
A redneck and a Frenchman were caught in Kentucky for making and selling bad moonshine. The law decided to hang them off the middle of the Ohio Bridge. They tied the rope around the Frenchman’s neck and said, “Do you have any last words?”
He said, “No.”
They threw him off the bridge, but the rope was too long. He removed the rope from his neck and swam to the Ohio side of the river.
Then they tied the same rope around the redneck’s neck and said, “Do you have any last words to say?”
He said, “Yep, you-uns shorten up that thare rope boys ‘caws I cain’t swim.”
“It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.”
Jack and Jill were watching a TV show one night where the wife hired a private detective to follow her husband to see if he was “cheating” on her.
Jack asked, “Would you ever do that?”
Jill said, “Well not so much to find out who the other woman was, but to see if I could find out what she saw in you.”
Time passed, which, basically, is its job.
One of our co-workers went missing for a few hours and we tore up the place looking for him. The boss finally found him fast asleep. Rather than waking him, he quietly placed a note on the man’s chest.
“As long as you’re asleep,” it read, “you have a job.” “But as soon as you wake up, you’re fired!”
The young know the rules, the old know the exceptions.
Mensa is an organization for people with an IQ of 140 or higher.
A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local cafe. While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper shaker was full of salt.
How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly this was a job for Mensa! The group debated and presented ideas, and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution.
“Ma’am,” they said, “we couldn’t help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker…”
“Oh,” the waitress interrupted. “Sorry about that.” She unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.
Heat and animosity, contest and conflict may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.
Walter Savage Landor
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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