The Anger Trap

Anger is only one letter different than….oh not that again!

Let’s talk about anger. First let’s start with the positives. Anger feels good and powerful. Anger gives us strength. Anger can drive us to accomplish things we might otherwise let pass by without second thought.

Now the not so glamourous side, anger is often out of pride or self-righteousness. Anger gets misdirected, misplaced, and misused.  Anger is usually manifested in meanness.  Nobody tends to like an angry person. Anger is a trap.

When it happens, it often seems ridiculous later. A loved one said something to you and now you feel slighted. So the right thing to do is overreact, right? Being mean to the one you love always turns out badly. So why are we so quick to be rude or even disdainful of the ones we hold closest?

They say familiarity breeds contempt. Often times you can get caught up in the heat of the moment and forget the real reason you feel the way you do. Usually for me it is when I have an inflated sense of self-importance or about something that was said. “Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words,which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.”

However, we fall short in this despite its simplicity. We get angry about silly and simple things. And then we feel powerful and passionate and strong. But who do we hurt in the tradeoff?

Anger is a trap. Let’s try to avoid it.

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