The Burden of Hate

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man and I’m thankful for another opportunity to celebrate him again this week coming up.  The funny thing about this quote is that hate and those other negative emotions do feel heavy physically.  It’s tiring to carry a burden of hating someone around with you.  Your focus on the wrong they’ve done, what was done to you, or how you’re feeling totally takes over and overwhelms everything else in your life.

On the other hand, when you do a good deed for someone else you feel light and free.  Which allows you to continue on with your day and accomplish your other responsibilities well.  Beyond that, you don’t spread a bad mood to everyone else you come into contact with.

But back to hate being a burden, we honestly have plenty of other things going on in our lives that demand our undivided attention and energy, that it’s really quite dumb to waste the time and energy on hate.  Yes, it may feel good for a couple of minutes, but that endless parade of hateful thoughts circling your brain gets annoying after a while.

When you decide to stick with love, your world opens up to unmentionable potential and possibilities.  No one wants to work with or hire someone with a chip on their shoulder, but everyone wants to work with someone who contributes a positive attitude, lots of energy and great work ethic.  When you choose to see the potential in the world around you instead of all that has gone wrong, it’s like the sky opening up after the rain.

Love in itself is a burden, but one of the best: one that has to be shared with others.  But hate can ruin more lives than can be anticipated.  What will you choose, love or hate?

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