Daily Musings - Shane Black


In the past, I have been the type that would hold grudges.

At times, I probably thought I was one of the world’s best at holding grudges.

I always believed that if someone fucked me over, I had to fuck them over twice as bad.

And this is what I did for a long time.

I would hold a grudge and I wouldn’t forget about it. Ever.

Looking back now though, I can see how much time and energy I wasted doing this.

And for what?

A little self-amusement because I liked knowing I had won and had the last laugh.

How times change though…

Over the last couple of years I have made a more conscious effort to not hold grudges.

Why waste my time and energy thinking about someone or something that has already happened.

I need to be focusing on the present and the future. What’s done, is done.

Generally speaking, I think I have done pretty well.

However, there have been a couple of situations that I couldn’t as easily forget about from my past which has made me keep a grudge towards the people involved.

I’m not proud to say that, but it’s the truth.

Things changed over the past week though…

I was unexpectedly confronted by one of my long-time grudges.

My first reaction was to let loose with a verbal barrage of words which I would’ve been ashamed to repeat. Followed by a punch to the face.

But I didn’t.

Instead, for the first time towards a grudge of mine, I was the bigger man.

I spoke to the person, listened to the person and showed a general interest in what they had to say and what was going on in their life.

I lead the conversation, kept it positive and wished them well at the end of it.

Ever since I have had this sense of relief inside of me. It’s hard to explain.

It’s like a weight deep inside of me has been lifted.

I have since committed to just letting go of the remaining grudges I had. There’s no point in them.

The way I look at things, what used to make me hold a grudge towards someone, most of the time wouldn’t have been their own fault anyway.

It would’ve been a quick reaction to something, not thinking before doing something, a sense of insecurity, or doing something out of fear that caused a situation between themselves and me.

I feel better knowing I have no room for grudges anymore.

If you hold grudges, is it time to let them go?


Subscribe to my newsletter...

Other Daily Blogs
Daily Musings - Shane Black

Is Passion Needed?

When it comes to becoming an entrepreneur, a lot of people talk about finding your

Shane Black Daily Blog

Aim for the moon

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. W. Clement Stone

Shane Black Logo

This is my personal blog, where I share the books I’m reading, what I’m learning, and the challenges I’m setting myself. I hope you find some value here.

Get Regular Updates From Shane Black

Sign up to get updates on what Shane is up to and the content he publishes on his website.