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
So, when you find yourself at that fork in the road
Because joy is worth the effort.
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