Once something is past, it no longer exists.
If you experience pain or insult, don't add to it by later repeating to yourself, "How awful that was." This way, it will only last the limited time it actually exists. This is usually very short.
Realizing that suffering is temporary makes it much easier to tolerate insults and slights to your honor.
(Erech Apayim, p.98; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness)
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