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February Feelings – Resentful

February 5, 2016 | 2 Comments

February Feelings - Resentful -

It’s nice to be drawing random GROK cards, and writing about feelings here on the blog. I like working on this specific writing goal. I gotta admit, though, I don’t like some of the cards I’m drawing! I don’t want to write about envy and resentfulness! Alas, I’m committed to this project, and I’ll stick with it. After all, the less-desired emotions are the ones I need to lean into if I want to heal and grow.

Today’s feeling is Resentful.

GROK Card - Resentful -

The dictionary defines resentment as feeling indignant at the perception of unfairness. I feel resentment like an internal growl. It can occur when I’ve pushed myself beyond my limits and not asked for help. I feel it when I’m up to my eyeballs in dirty dishes, or when I’ve cooked one too many meals in a day.

For me, if resentment simmers more than a few minutes, it will boil over and become anger. I’ll keep working to notice the stirrings before I burst. Nonviolent Communication teaches that feelings are indicative of needs. Keeping that in mind helps me respond to emotions with self-compassion. Here’s something I might say to myself as I scrub the sixth greasy pan-

I hear my internal growl. Resentment is valid, but I won’t let this feeling simmer too long. I will ask for help.

Thanks for reading my February Feelings posts! I appreciate your comments and shares, which feel like gold star stickers upon my life’s work. <3

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