Will revenge make you feel better

We all have been hurt at some point in our lives. Is vengeance the medicine? Picture this:

They screwed you over. 
Hurt your career. 
They disrespected you. They blew it. 
They did… whatever.

Now, you want your revenge. You want them to suffer as you suffered. You want them to know, to feel, the same thing that you’re feeling.

You’ve heard about justice, so that’s OK, right? They shouldn’t be able to get away with this!

“But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Matthew 6:15

Leave revenge behind and keep working

Politics is filled with examples of betrayal.  I think of Margaret Thatcher the British Prime Minister who lost her post largely due to the betrayal of Geoffrey Howe – Thatcher’s long-time ally.  His resignation speech gave enough uncertainty within the party to oust the Prime Minister. 

Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana.
Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana. Source

Thatcher was no stranger to setbacks. Despite the cutting pain of betrayal, the defeated prime minister continued on serving in the House of Commons.  Later in history, she was the first Prime Minister to start a foundation.  She wrote books and spoke around the world influencing people towards her cause. Mrs. Thatcher kept on doing what she had done her whole life: working for the good of her country and mankind. 

We have to accept (like Thatcher did) that we cannot get even. That it’s an extra injury to ourselves to lower ourselves to the kind of cruelty, or stupidity of our opponents. They may steal from us, however, we ought not to steal time from ourselves stewing about them, or worse. There is no pound of flesh that will make us feel better. Only we can make ourselves feel good again—by focusing on what we have to be grateful for, by being good to others, by moving on.

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