Don’t fly off the handle!

“Don’t be quick to fly off the handle. Anger boomerangs. You can spot a fool by the lumps on his head.” Ecclesiastes 7:charlesdickens1211689

Have you ever been called a hot head? Chances are if you are a natural redhead, you may have been labeled one. Of course, this is a myth—people with all colors of hair have anger issues. But it is possible redheads received this label because the color red is symbolic of fire. In ancient Egypt, redheads were considered unlucky, and women with red hair were burnt alive! And the Greeks believed redheads turned into vampires when they died. However, no one has been able to confirm this.

A report on the website, 21st Century Woman, tells if you have red hair it is the result of both parents carrying a recessive mutated gene. That’s why there are few redheads. Now I understand why none of my three children has red hair even though their Grandpa Gillis and three of their paternal uncles had both red hair and a temper!

So, if you happen to be a redhead and have a fiery temper, blame it on something else, like the inability to draw upon patience and tolerance when under duress. Everyone, with or without hair, needs to learn how to handle stressful situations without flying off the handle.

Dear Lord, help us learn to be patient and to find tolerance in all situations. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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