There’s a lot of things you can choose to be angry about these days. When we’re already frazzled, worn thin, tired and hungry, it doesn’t take much to rub us the wrong way. Sometimes it can be something as simple as an innocent comment spoken at the wrong time or in the wrong way. That proverbial straw that will break our back seems to be waiting around the corner to overpower us most days. Traffic, work, news and politics can easily get your dander up. I’ve already told you how to calm down and let it all go in a previous conversation, but when you can’t (or won’t), you need to at least deal with your anger properly. It’s not wrong to get angry or to let things bother you, but where it goes from there is at issue. It’s how you handle it and yourself that matters.
Road rage, ranting and raving, or beating your chest (or someone else’s) doesn’t really go over well–and doesn’t look good on a background check! Getting arrested will only give you something else to be angry about. Being rude and abrasive won’t take you very far either, and will probably get you the opposite result of what you are trying to accomplish. The rest of us tend to shut down when confronted like that…it kind of makes us want to be obstinate so we can see if that vein in your forehead will actually burst!
How we carry ourselves and respond to incidents have ramifications and consequences that can last far longer than what we expect or intend. Can you say “social media?” My advice to you today, if you are bound and determined to get angry, is to get angry in the “right” way. Vent or yell–with restraint, politely or in private. Smash something–that you own, can afford to replace and against no one or no one else’s belongings. Make a stand–but don’t say anything you’re likely to regret. Take a hike–but remember where you’re going and don’t burn any bridges on your way out. Then when you’re done, let it go and get over it. Don’t let it affect everyone else around you like Pigpen’s stink cloud. Forgive, forget and move on.
Someone is always watching….God and everyone with a smartphone! Actions and words can’t be erased, takebacks are a thing of the past. You not only have to live with what you’ve done and said in this world, but you’ll have to answer for it in the next!
“In your anger do not sin.” Psalm 4:4
“…for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:20
“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken.” Mt 12:36