We all feel anger. It’s hard to describe the sensation in precise terms. But you know the exact moment when the emotion overtakes you. Your heart beats faster, you seem more focused and you feel the faint flush of adrenaline. There are degrees of anger from mild annoyance to outright rage. Sometimes we hold it for a short interlude but every so often we cling to a deep-seated resentment.
Most experts agree that there are occasions when anger is justified, even appropriate. And I have had moments of my life that I would agree with that assessment. But most times I knew instinctively, I was overreacting.
So what happens when anger dominates our lives? Let’s hear what some other people have to say.
Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.
Alfred A. Montapert
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Expressing anger is a form of public littering.
And my personal favourite:
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The art of letting go of unnecessary anger is an individual choice. It is not easy – but releasing angst allows us to move on and experience a greater understanding of humanity. The world opens up to new possibilities.