The passion of resentment is a poison killing off the sense of community in America.
As I see it, too many of us live each day being indignant, which translates into hardness of heart about the welfare of others and damages personal relationships.
In politics it's resentment that's the central theme of this year's elections. There's ill-will between the Vatican and American nuns, while mainline Protestant denominations are divided over same-sex marriage and gay clergy.
Wall Street and big banks generate hostility as a few managers make millions while losing people's investments or foreclosing on homes. And the list goes on.
But living as aggrieved people means we're always unhappy and bitter. The result? We hold back happiness and some sense of peace of mind.
The best antidote I heard for the poison of resentment is practicing gratitude--even for the smallest things. A daily gratitude list can slowly put things into a better perspective and make us more thankful.
This is Roy Lloyd.
Originally presented as a commentary on Newsradio 1010 WINS, New York, NY