Tanushree’s Reflection: Being patient with anger
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. A Chinese Proverb
This HBR article, Where You Sit Determines What You See, talks about the dangers of perceptual distortion and how to find shared understanding of a pressing problem. Patience leads to insight and peace. Anger concentrates the whole person into one point of thought and action. We forget and too often choose to forget what and who we are and what the impact will be of our anger. Anger can indeed inspire good action, but the humility to listen, to wait, to calm the seething can inspire even greater things. Road rage only puts everyone in danger.
The patience of my generation seems to be fast going to zero. It’s when you can channel your anger into something creative that legitimate but dangerous emotions can be transformed. One of my friends paints when anger threatens to overwhelm life. Anger usually comes for a short time and tragically too often disrupts relationships nurtured over many years. Channel your anger into a passion for something good. Balance. Civility. Charity. Life.
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