bit·ter    (bĭt’ər)  adj.   bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est

  1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant. 
  2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh: enveloped in bitter cold; a bitter wind.
  3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear: the bitter truth; bitter sorrow.
  4. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity: a bitter struggle; bitter foes.
  5. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment: cried bitter tears.
  6. Marked by resentment or cynicism: “He was already a bitter elderly man with a gray face” (John Dos Passos).

                                                    {from American Heritage Dictionary}

 

Any way you slice it, bitterness is something that we don’t really want. The funny thing is: we continually allow ourselves to be bitter. The longer we stew in our bitter state, the bitterer we become. The bitterer we become, the less we realize that we are bitter. First our hearts, then our minds, and finally our entire beings shrivel up into a bitter little pill that is oh most difficult to swallow.

 

While we seem to be immune to our own bitterness, we quickly can identify those around us who are bitter. So, think about that bitter person you know. Really, think about them. Ask yourself, is that me? If it is, take steps. Identify that about which you are bitter, remove it from your life. If you cannot remove it the re-evaluate, “Is this really something (someone) to be bitter about?” More often than not the answer is no. So, stop it, drop it, refocus on that which makes you better, not bitter.

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