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Anger is Poison


Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die” Buddha

let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Matthew 1:20

If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison. Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 66

For alcoholics in general, and for me in particular, anger really is poison. As I look back over the years of my life, most of the really stupid, self-destructive things I’ve done were related to uncontrolled anger. In my younger years, it was physical, in later years it has been verbal or written , but the end effect was the same.


Today I’m beginning to be aware of how important it is to think through my anger before acting. As my friend Bohdi Sanders has said – “Don’t do something in a moment of anger you will regret for a lifetime.” It seems like my anger, no matter the reason or how ‘justified’, has generally done a lot more harm to me or my loved ones and it ever did to an opponent.

Perhaps it is the same for you.

 

So, today my goal is to do as stated above – “be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to angerr