Anger is easy.

Bitterness is even easier.

Think long and hard about the world

and the atrocities in it

and you can easily find your heart turning hard

No one plans on this

No one makes a conscience decision to become angry or bitter

But Life gives us two paths

And the easy one is marked “Bitterness Avenue”

It’s a well traveled road and it’s remarkably easy to navigate

You just walk down the road getting angry off at everything.


Doesn’t get easier than that.

In fact, Bitterness Ave. is the only place where you can go

from 0 to Offended in 1.2 seconds

It’s pretty amazing.

A lot of folks travel that road.

It’s easy to get there and it’s easy to stay there

There’s no real joy down that path, but, hey, it’s easy.

Which is why you find far fewer on the road adjacent to Bitterness Ave..

It’s called Perspective Lane

And it is not an easy journey

It’s tricky and you have to step around a lot of bumps in the road.

So many that you sometimes question if it’s truly worth the trouble

But if you open your eyes to what’s around you, you’ll see help along the way

Guideposts for your heart

Reminders that there is always something for which to be thankful

And you’ll need these reminders

Because all along Perspective Lane are shortcuts to Bitterness Ave

Back alleys that will take you right there

And they are usually lined with people so you think,

“Hey, maybe I should be there, too.”

But don’t give in.

See, Bitterness Ave is also lined with shops selling things like antacids and aspirin.

If you’re on that road, you’ll need these things frequently

For while Bitterness Ave is an easy road to travel

It’s very hard on your body

and spirit

So, when you find yourself at that fork in the road

Pick Perspective

Because joy is worth the effort.


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Cheri Frost

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