A Beautiful Place

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“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe the world to be a beautiful place.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

What sage advice . . . Don’t let the world make you hard. Don’t let pain make you hate. It is so easy to be marked by events that hurt us, so easy to respond with bitterness and anger. It is easier still to be angry for so long that you become cynical and unhappy.

I once knew a person that hated everything and every person. So much had happened in her life that she had become permanently bitter, and her bitterness marred every relationship in her life.

Once a person allows that much bitterness to take over his/her life, it is nearly impossible to find contentment and happiness.

If you find that you are feeling chronically angry or bitter, get to the bottom of your anger and resolve it. You will be glad you did when your world again starts looking like a beautiful place.

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