Recently, a coworker talked to me about a relative who is bitter about the fact that her life didn’t unfold as planned. Her relative’s anger has driven her to ruin her relationships with her family. Over the years, she has lost most of her friends. For those few who still remain loyal to her, she has nothing but harsh words. In fact, she has never stopped being angry after her divorce, which was almost four decades ago. Now in her 80s, she is likely to take the anger she holds with her to the grave.
Stories like hers are sad, but not uncommon. Even if your own tale isn’t as dramatic, if you have ever been married or in a relationship, you probably have found yourself at times holding onto hurt and having a hard time letting go. Instead of letting those seeds of bitterness take root in your marriage and grow, take the steps to let go of the pain so that you don’t push away the ones you love.