Thoughts on anger

by Rod Smith

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Some people are so angry, have been angry for so long, they would not want to be without it. It is the only way they know how to relate to the world.

Life does not have to be this way for the angry person. There is always the grace to forgive, and the choice to live in peace with all people everywhere.

Obvious manifestations of anger are outbursts of temper, resentment, and the failure to forgive. These are the easy clues to detect an angry person. More subtle expressions of anger are deep cynicism, estrangement from family and friends, the desire to self-isolate and the loss of faith in loved ones. These are as much signs of anger as is cursing at traffic.

Anger begins as scaffolding surrounding a life, but then, if it is not dealt with, if matters are not settled; if it lingers, anger can become the very structure itself.

Give some angry people a reason to forgive, to give up their anger and they are left with nothing. Anger is the lens through which they see the world, manipulate and control relationships, and without it, they become nothing.

They have sold their peace in exchange for their resentments and have forgotten that it does not have to be this way.

One Comment to “Thoughts on anger”

  1. Anger is like the venom of a snake, it often begins as an isolated emotion, left untreated/unacknowledged it can travel and take over your whole being.
    The interesting thing about anger is that many people who are angry are more angry/unhappy with themselves rather than angry because of an outside influence. I have observed this one person in my life that seems to be very full of anger and will do anything to avoid being alone with herself or not entertained. I believe she intuitively knows that if she were to take a moment to be still that she may have time to examine her self and would have to recognize that her anger/unhappiness with the world is within herself and not the result of outside factors.

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