Chairman of the Budget Committee for the Madison County (Jackson, TN) Doug Stephenson, looks at what Maya Angelou, Fred Rogers, Nicole Krauss, Hannah Harrington and Amy Carmichael have to say about bitterness and disabilities which can be able to destroy a lot, not to say everything.
“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”
“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”
“I want to say somewhere: I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of…
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