“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” Mahatma Gandhi
But don’t you just feel like getting back sometimes! And who is the one who gets churned up about going over that incident again and again in your mind? And what does that do to your stress hormones and physiology in your body? So do you actually lash out feeling justified because you’ve been wounded in some way, or do you hate conflict. You’ve been taught it isn’t OK to hit back, you’ve been taught to turn the other cheek, so you feel like a saint because you didn’t lash out, you kept it to yourself.
Unfortunately it can eat away at you with those same stress hormones day in, day out. This person you want to lash out at, may no longer be around. And here you are letting those thoughts keep that incident alive in your mind, sometimes for years – this is what wars can be all about. I couldn’t believe the hatred and bitterness in Northern Ireland! Forgiveness is the only way to go, not necessarily because you are turning the other cheek, but because inside you are letting go, so you can move on and give your physiology a break. Turn off the hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, that can be so destructive.
Enjoy choosing peace!