Whether the example is in school, work, politics, or religion, we can all point to examples in our past where something has gotten to us.
Someone said something, or didn’t say something, did, or didn’t do something – and in response, our anger engulfed us. It possessed us.
And vitriol was our reaction.
But where does anger get us?
“Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective.”
— Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
Anyone with a sense of propriety has been agitated at how they have chosen to deal with anger.
To address this, try what I call: The 24 Hour Rule:
If you get angry about something – anything – wait 24 hours before you say, write, email, or text, anything about it.
This simple exercise can keep you out of a lot of trouble, because as the hours pass, you will most often realize what made you so angry was not that big of a deal in the first place.
In fact, most of what you are worried about right now, will not even be a consideration in a few years.
“What good has hatred ever brought? What hope has anger ever created.”
— Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him Savior
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