One of my daily highlights is sitting down and reading the Bible. It’s inspiring. It gives strength and encourages. It makes me a better leader in most areas of my life. I’m able to guide others in the freight industry mainly because of the lessons I’ve learned in the Bible. In this blog post, I share this biblical lesson with you:
GODLY FREIGHT AGENTS UNDERSTAND THE FUTILITY OF BITTERNESS
We ALL have a tendency to become bitter over something that’s happened in the past. For example, you called a shipping decision maker and they hung up on you. Or, they told you to go away. You got upset about it and it affected your attitude for the remainder of the day. Or, you’ve been bitter about something from your personal life. Do you know someone who’s 40 to 80 years old and still complaining about something that happened in their childhood?
The great news is that bitterness is a choice. As Wayne Dyer says “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”. You can always make the decision to stop being bitter and start being happy. When you do, your freight sales go up. Positivity is infectious!
The Bible says in Ephesians 4: 31 – 32:
“All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”
We’re warned of the dangers of bitterness for good reason. So, what does this mean exactly?
Bitterness is a spiritual sickness that will consume you. It’s dangerous to your emotional health. Anger and bitterness is a destructive force that will only bring you down. It’s damaging. How can you rid yourself of these feelings?
First, you must prayerfully ask God to cleanse your heart. Then, you must be aware and catch yourself whenever feelings of anger, bitterness or hatred begin to attack you. When you catch yourself becoming negative or bitter, you can stop it while it’s small. Then you can change your thoughts to something positive before your negative thoughts hijack your emotions.
You can never fully enjoy the present if you’re bitter about the past. Instead of living in the past, make peace with it . . . and move on. If someone was mean to you in the past, don’t hold on to it. Let it go. Move on. Pick up the phone and continue connecting and building relationships with the freight industry marketplace.
The only person your bitterness hurts is YOU. Let it go. You’ll be much more successful as a freight sales agent and much happier for the rest of your life. As Phillip Brooks says: “Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful and malicious.”