Swedish diplomat (1905 - 1961)
Dwelling on one's hurts or slights, however real or imagined, brings more harm upon oneself, producing deep melancholy, insomnia, and weakening one's resistance to other ills of body and of spirit, while having not the least effect on the perceived offenders. In the light of day, one can more easily combats such sorrows with positive thoughts and actions as well as the daily business of normal life. It is in the still, once peaceful night, that such sadness overwhelms. What comfort or solace is there then? Memories of the kindness of loved ones, surely, Yet, that may not suffice in those lonely hours. If one truly desires peace and not self-indulgent wallowing, one must turn to the One who took upon Himself not only our sins, but our ills, and even our foolish pains. Is it a sin to feel hurt? I do not know, but I think it may be a sin to fail to turn to the outstretched arm so the great Comforter.