"Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over."
The dictionary claims that "to resent" is "to take strong exception to (what is thought to be unjust, unfair, etc.)," but I feel that resentment goes much further than that. If I were to define resentment, the definition would be very similar to those of other words found here in the obstacles section: A poison emotion that eats away at a person's peace of mind, mental well-being, and ability to treat others well. Resentment is a lack of acceptance and a lack of forgiveness. Resentment says volumes about the person who resents, but very little about the people or actions that are resented.
It's very easy to fall into the trap of resentment--other people put us in position to do so almost daily when they do things that are unthinking or uncaring. Someone else may get the job or the admission into a school even though you're far more qualified; someone may not invi ...more