Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Getting angry can sometimes be like leaping into a wonderfully responsive sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at high speed and then discovering the brakes are out of order.
— Maggie Scarf
Anger can multiply our difficulties in many situations. All of us can look back and remember times when we only made our problems worse because we stepped on the gas and lost all ability to use the brakes.
Now we are growing into more adulthood. We are learning to manage our feelings and use them well. This doesn’t happen overnight. We would do well to recall how energized we have felt when we let our anger fly and how much we loved that energy at the moment. Only later did we face the damage we caused. Saying we are sorry isn’t enough: we must also be willing to take on the harder task of changing our behavior. When we accept that we love the power and the energy of our anger and aggression, we can begin to rein it in and take charge of it rather than be ruled by it.
Today I will not indulge in the pleasure of anger allowed to run wild.
You are reading from the book:
Wisdom to Know © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation