I’m in the midst of reading Dante’s Inferno (The Divine Comedy) for future book research.
What struck me is that out of the “usual suspect” sins — hypocrisy, flattery, bribery, stealing, fraud, murder, adultery, usury, homosexuality and fortune telling 😯 to name a few — God is very offended by bitterness. Bitterness towards one’s own life, the beauty of the Earth and all of the blessings that the Divine gives us. God views it as cursing him (Violence Against God, Nature and Art) — and The Inferno describes each level of hell which represent the guilt of sinners and the punishment they believe they deserve. All of them are endless misery. This book is not for the faint of heart!
We may have every reason to be bitter. We may have had a terribly difficult childhood. We may have suffered horrible abuse and losses that would make anyone cry to hear.
Yet life is too short to be miserable.
The more sessions I do, the simpler they get. In a dead marriage? Life is too short to be miserable. Have a difficult boss or want to quit? Life is too short to be miserable. Afraid to be broke? Life is too short to be miserable. Lost your hope? Life is too short to be miserable. The world is full of healers. Life is too short to miserable.
Unless, of course, you wish to be so. That’s the beauty of free will.
Miserable or not, life is almost over for this generation. When I face God and account for my life, there will be plenty to discuss and atone for. However, I’ve made it a point after all the years of therapy and reflection to fly in the face of this difficult world and be HAPPY, for the most part. I don’t erase my colorful personality, moods and emotions — but celebrate each day that I am given by soaking up as much beauty as I can. My life is way too short to be miserable!