Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lip Biting

I have two horoscopes on “home pages”: one on Yahoo and one on MSN. I usually don’t pay any attention to them, but last night was so traumatic that I read each of them this morning. The one on Yahoo was especially to the point:

You bite your lip once, because you're sure that this won't happen again. You bite it twice because then it does happen again, but you're not sure how to bring it up. Don't bite your lip again -- firstly, because it can't stand that much stress, and secondly, because neither can you. If someone in your life is doing something inconsiderate or just plain awful, speak up now before you chew your lip off.

Yes, there are some things I need to say to people and I keep biting my lip because I tell myself that I don’t want to “hurt” them. Yet, I feel that they are hurting me. And the thing is, I know better than to let the hurting grow within me. The anger and resentment will eventually boil over and I may explode with words that I will later regret saying.

I also know that when one confronts another person, those two people’s relationship generally grows closer. It’s the holding in—the biting of one’s lip—that creates discord even more that the pain one experiences from the words and actions of another.

So I had better start refraining from biting my lip and let the pain out. I just hope that it isn’t too late.

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