What Letting Go of Resentment Did for Me?

Have you ever been so in love with someone that they could do no wrong? I’m talking about that, “90’s  Hip Hop and R&B” type of love. If you’ve been there then you know that type of love is dangerous and can have you compromising yourself. This love can have you caught up and making you do some crazy things, like sacrificing your self-love and self-worth.  While it may feel beautiful in the beginning, sweeping certain issues under the rug and not addressing the elephant in the room will ultimately cause you to resent your partner in the end.  

 I don’t know if I can truly say that my ex  was a narcissist, but I can say that I explicitly remember his desire to always  be right, his mockery of me when I confessed that “mentally I didn’t feel right” and the way he badgered me regarding “his issue” with my weight. I say his because ironically he’s the only one who thought I was fat after birthing two of his kids 🙂  It’s all of these things including my unhealed heart from a prior infidelity issue that led me to resent him. Believe it or not, I actually remember the day I fell out of love as a result of all of the resentment I was harboring. 

 My ex and I were at each other’s necks this one particular day. He would say something, and I’d say something 10 times harsher. This back and forth was becoming mentally exhausting, and in the midst of him apologizing but in the same sentence, saying “I needed to work harder to look good for him” I completely shutdown. It was at this moment that I lost all respect for the man who stood before me and realized I was no longer  in love with my husband. In fact, I didn’t even like him as a person. My resentment grew and grew to the point where it manifested into anxiety. This is an unfortunate but very real side effect of allowing resentment to take a toll on you. On the outside looking in, I was happy but on the inside I was dead, and crying and praying for peace each night. I didn’t know what peace would look or feel like but I knew what I was living in, wasn’t it!  

 Ultimately while trying to guard my heart, I inadvertently  became “neck down dead” as Iylana Vanzant puts it. I’m not sure if you’ve ever experienced this but you become numb; resisting the urge to feel, and becoming hardened as a result of  the hurt and pain someone has caused you. In addition to all the issues you may experience within, resentment can have a gruesome impact on your relationship. If not addressed it creates the following:  a breakdown in communication, an erosion of trust, lack of empathy or appreciation for your partner even when they are trying and the most common, faking it until you make it! 

It took me a long time to get there, but  I was done faking it. I started going to war for myself! I learned that resentment thrives on your negative actions, thoughts and emotions. Rather than fighting my ex and focusing on the resentment I had towards him, I started focusing on my own healing. Slowly but shortly, the anger began to subside, I released the resentment and forgave my ex.  I also had to forgive myself, and take accountability for my part in the matter. In no shape or form did this process have to do with understanding my ex’s actions, but rather for me to seek the peace I was longing for and to move on gracefully. 

Author: Renee Jackson Change isn’t easy, because it’s messy and confusing. But staying stuck and operating out of resentment is messier.  It’s time to stop operating out of fabrication but rather authenticity. Are you ready to war for yourself?

Published by Renee

Who can really capture who they are in a brief summary? I'm a mother, an educator and a woman that's breaking generational curses. Those who know me would say I'm honest, genuine, and a little bit of an introvert. I'm big on integrity, so I hold true to the importance of being yourself and being straightforward. As I've matured as a woman, I've learned that many of the obstacles I faced stripped me of my voice and for so many years I was held hostage to my past. I'm currently walking into this next chapter of my life no longer afraid to speak my truth and share what healing has done for me. A wise woman once told me that all that I went through was my destiny and most importantly to help others, she said, "baby it's not about you." I didn't understand it at the time, but I've accepted the challenge of going from the wounded to the healer.

5 thoughts on “What Letting Go of Resentment Did for Me?

  1. Keep writing, keep inspiring, keep motivating…. your story is helping so many women make inevitable choices (including my self)…. you have helped me through my darkest times and im so happy that you get to help so many others with your testimony!
    As always I am so proud of you, proud of your breakthrough and even prouder to call you my sister!

    Chanti 😘😘😘

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