157) The Poison Of Resentment

The Poison of Resentment

In 1994, a member of the media asked the newly elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, if he’d hold a grudge against those who were responsible for his decades of wrongful imprisonment.

Mandela calmly replied “NO,” and then continued with:

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

While you might not have been wrongfully incarcerated for the better part of your adult life, no doubt you’ve been wronged somewhere along the way. In school. In your community. In your career. Whatever it was, let it go.

Holding on to anger won’t change the past. Hoping for bad karma will never fix how you might have been wronged. The only true way forward is to forgive. Plus, moving on will allow you to free up energies and head space for more productive pursuits.


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274) A Perfect Mistake

A Perfect Mistake

On June 10th, 2010, Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga was only two outs away from pitching the perfect game. This is one of the rarest of achievements in major league baseball – facing 27 batters and retiring 27 batters in the same game.

Unfortunately for Galarraga, the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, made a mistake. He called a runner safe at first base when the replay clearly showed he was out. The perfect game was lost.

After the game, players and fans were outraged at Joyce. They demanded the umpire’s termination or suspension. Tensions were high.

Realizing he’d made an errant call Joyce made an uncharacteristic move. He went out of his way to find and apologize to Galarraga. In turn, the young pitcher made a public declaration of forgiveness. These gestures served to defuse the situation.

The lesson is simple. In time you’ll be wronged and in time you’ll do wrong. Always be open to contrition. And always be open to forgiveness.


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