If I have a particularly bad experience with a person, place or thing I might say, “I got burned.” I did not literally touch a stove or flame, but the feeling from some betrayal; insult or deception left me feeling emotionally hurt.
I got burned and the option of ‘fighting fire with fire’ has a certain appeal. By that I mean that I will repay injury for injury. I will hurt the one who hurt me.
I may also be tempted to ‘burn my bridges’ meaning that I will leave no access between myself, and the one who hurt me. Sometimes we make a vow in which we say, ‘Never again.’
Have you been burned by gossip or slander?
‘Sticks and stones may break my bones and names can never…? No, they can surely hurt me.’ Fiery, destructive words can burn like hell.
The question is what is left after you have been burned? Will anything survive or any good come of it? You can mourn forever or in the ashes of what once was, or you can rebuild. Something new can happen and some things can withstand the flame.