The Value of a Grudge
Things happen from time to time to cause one to reflect on the meaning or even the value of certain things in life. Well, grudges – everybody’s got at least one against someone or some thing. So I got to wondering what the value of a grudge is. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s worth absolutely nothing – zero – zip. Now why didn’t I figure that out long ago? I’da saved myself a whole lot of time and trouble carryin’ all my grudges around.
Well you run into somebody who’s done you wrong, for example, knowingly or otherwise. You pass the time of day, nice and polite and then part company. In the wake of his exit trail you mutter quietly (so he won’t hear you), Jeez I hate that rotten ##%%&**! So now you’re grousin’ and grumblin’ about that rotten S.O.B. who done you wrong a while ago (you don’t even remember the when or the what of it).
The thing is, you’ve gone and got yourself all riled up over something you don’t even remember, and now you are in a bitchy mood (again). Spoils your whole otherwise perfect day. It seems a shame, the ways we have of ruining our own dispositions. It seems that instead of punishing someone else with our distain, we punish ourselves with it.
That’s stupid. That’s just plain stupid. If you’ve been around the block a few times with your eyes open you’ll find that if somebody does you dirt, it usually comes back on them – all by itself. You don’t have to lift a finger. You can just sit there and gloat and get your enjoyment that way without carrying the weight of the grudge around to weigh you down. Now that’s a whole lot easier than carryin’ the weight of all your different grudges around, keeping track of which is which, and it’s a whole lot more enjoyable too.
In the end, whatever you think of someone else or their activities don’t matter a rip anyway. After all, whatever they did to you is past, and you’re still here. The only thing you got out of the whole business is to get a bent back from the weight of all them grudges you been carryin around all this time.
As I said; that’s just plain stupid. At least that’s how it seems to me from up here on the top shelf.