Revenge and Two Graves

Revenge and Two Graves

When we take offense at every trifling thing in life, becoming angry and outraged at clerks, customer service reps, waiters and waitresses, thoughtless drivers, oblivious people on their cell phone or any of the other myriad daily annoyances we will encounter, we place ourselves in danger. Additionally, when we become angry or resentful when someone fails to live up to “our” expectations we place ourselves at risk.

The real question then is: At what price peace of mind? Is our serenity worth losing over slow service, feeling “disrespected” by some anonymous clerk, being put on hold, a poor lane change, parking ticket, an inconsequential bump, a blocked sidewalk, an unfulfilled expectation, our “hurt” feelings over anything, even a simple news report? Not long ago a man lost his life leaving a baseball game over a verbal slight on the ramp leading to the exit, a “trifle” in hindsight morphing into a tragedy for all concerned. Revenge, getting even, wishing to punish others, resentment and condemnation under any guise are all dangerous paths leading only to strife and suffering, blocking us from true peace of mind and heart.

So, we must become slow to anger, to ask if the cause is “just” in spiritual light. When we do this, we soon find the just causes of anger are truly very rare, especially considering the Spiritual price we pay when angry. If we are truly confronted with the rare “just cause” requiring action on our part, we must be willing to follow through, condemning the act but not the actor. Instead we pray for them and those affected by their act, seeking ways to be of service to all who suffer, liking or approving of them immaterial. This is the way of the Peaceful Warrior. For if we fail to seek God first, viewing everything and everyone through the prism of Divine Love, we can fall victim to “justified” anger, seeking to punish others, opening the door of revenge thinking and when seeking revenge, we always begin by first digging two graves.

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Published by Vincent Lee Jones

Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years. As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives. In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725. I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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