“Frustrated and famished, they try one thing after another.
When nothing works out they get angry,” Isaiah 8:20-21
Anger has a way of seeping into every other emotion and planting itself in there.” –Dane Cook
It takes so much energy to be angry. The same thing with frowning–the amount of muscles it takes to frown far exceed that of a smile. You do realize a smile is a frown upside down… so reverse it and perhaps it may help with anger also.
I can’t tell you how many times I heard the story from my father that his sisters got to take piano lessons, but he didn’t. And how his father made him stay home from school and he got behind and quit in the seventh grade. He carried the anger of his childhood into adulthood. Uncle Clarion, my Dad’s positive brother, came for a visit while in rehab and shared his perspective of my father’s life. He assured me Dad wasn’t picked on. He may have had a poor self image or a genuine “Whoa’s me” attitude, maybe even a learning disability. But he did have difficulties because of his attitude.
I believe my father’s negative, angry attitude helped define me, as I see the sunshine in life and never go to bed angry.
Thank you, Lord, for a life uninhibited with non-productive anger. Amen.