9 Mantras to Overcome Anger
9 Mantras to Overcome Anger
Oct 18, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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Is it just me, or do we seem to be living in a time where anger is out of control? I think we would all agree that my observation regarding anger is well documented. So let’s just take a few minutes to understand why anger exists in the first place and then maybe we can reduce those outbursts of anger in our lives.
Anger has been around since the beginning of time. It is certainly not new in the world; Adam and Eve quickly brought good and evil to light in the garden. Anger by definition is described as “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.”
But in the most basic of terms, anger is a selfish, self-centered response to a situation, followed by words and actions which display rude manners and harmful behaviors. We are never at our best when we display anger.
Anger is a choice. I have noticed anger often happens because something is at stake (power, control, possessions); anger is displayed from the inside out. If we are honest with ourselves, anger never feels good and, while we can’t completely eliminate anger in our lives, let’s commit to reducing it. Here are some ideas for overcoming anger everyday from Coach John Wooden:
- Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible.
- Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special that you value.
- Promise to think only the best, to work only the best, and to expect only the best in yourself and others.
- Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
- Promise to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
- Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievement in the future.
- Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.
- Promise to give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
- Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit trouble to press on you.
God has much to say about anger in the Bible and His words found in the book of James give us great instruction on listening and doing: “My dear brothers, take note of this; Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”.
You start fresh today as a child of God – forgiven. Nothing wastes more energy than anger. Don’t let anger move you away from the greatest gift God has given you – love.
Thoughts to Encourage
- To build great relationships, you need to want more FOR people than you want FROM people.
- Love finds the treasure hidden in your heart.