When we are have a disagreement, the moment we feel anger is often the moment we stop striving for the truth and start striving for ourselves. In a heated discussion we tend to lose sight of the problem and we use all weapons at our disposal to defeat our foe. We bring up past failures, hurts, and cruelties our opponent was guilty of. We close our ears to any valid points being made. We fight for victory, but only after the battle is over do we realize we were in a lose/lose situation — and often it’s all because we lost our temper.
Bridled anger can, in some circumstances, be a positive emotion. But, unbridled I-want-to-hurt-you anger damages both opponents. Marriages end because of uncontrolled anger. Wars are fought because of unrestrained anger. In the realm of spirituality, anger is usually only useful in showing us we have left the path of peace and love.
This detour doesn’t have to keep us from returning to the path. Forgiveness and love break down the walls that anger built. Understanding, patience, and tolerance can help us bridge the gap and close the chasm that separates us. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get angry. But, we can release the emotion simply by willing it to be so and by replacing it with forgiveness and love.
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