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Always Forgive Your Enemies; Nothing Annoys Them So Much - Oscar Wilde

Always Forgive Your Enemies; Nothing Annoys Them So Much – Oscar Wilde

It’s easy to react to someone’s anger and cruelty with anger and cruelty of our own. If we feel slighted, we fight fire with fire. However, all this usually gives us an uncomfortably large fire.

If you feel like someone is treating you wrong, this could just be a result of a misunderstanding. Maybe there was a miscommunication between the two of you. Maybe the person expresses themselves in a fashion unfamiliar to you. Or, maybe they just had ill intentions.

If a person acts with ill intention toward you, you may think you’ll feel better by treating them the same way. However, while fighting fire with fire may give you a temporarily satisfying feeling, being unkind to others or holding onto anger doesn’t feel good in the long-term.

It may take a little practice and a lot of motivation, but try to forgive enemies for the wrong they’ve done. Forgiveness frees us from spending time and energy on the negative events of our life and leaves more room for positivity and productivity. Forgiving others gives us space to focus on what’s really important.

Always Forgive Your Enemies; Nothing Annoys Them So Much – Oscar Wilde
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  1. The question is, do you have to tell them you forgive them, for it to be official? Complacency and forgiveness then will look the same. You might say, “But bitterness will eat away at your heart.” But I just say, “Not if you just delete the event and move on.” And if your motive is to annoy them as your quote suggests, your motive is wrong. The way I try to deal with it, is I make a decision to hit the delete button, and then move on, avoiding rabbit trails of gossip and sublime vengeance. It is like what happens with my local football team. When they lose a game it will annoy me, but maybe next week they will get it right? Now in the case of the NY Jets I have had to delete a number of seasons, but there is always next year. But the way it was written in your post makes it appear waaaaay too simple.

  2. Don’t forgive ’em, just ignore them, let them go…

  3. I always love reading your posts. It’s always something that either really interest me or something that I have already said to someone else before. All in all, it’s always something that makes my day. I know it’s such a small thing but reading your blog posts do make me smile. 😀
    AJ x

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