I have allowed myself to hold onto feelings of injury. I have let these feelings determine future responses and expectations. And guess what this does to the soul? It opens the door to real cynicism. To low expectations. To assuming the best is just not in the cards. Sheesh.
It is hard to face our weaknesses, because when they seem to be tied up in other other people our self-preservation hijacks our minds and we begin to feel justified in our negativity. A few months back I reread a talk given by Thomas S. Monson called, "School Thy Feelings, O My Brother." I have not forgotten how President Monson taught about choosing our reactions in difficult situations. I want to be better at making that choice.