BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Do not let anger upset your spirit, for anger lodges in the bosom of a fool."
What effect does anger have on our lives? Probably not a good one. Anger makes us say things we wish we could take back and do things we will regret; it causes us to take action instead of thinking about what is best first. I mention this because I get angry so much, and I have a hard time being reasonable when I'm mad. When I'm not mad, however, it's easier to think clearly. Hopefully you all woke up this morning and have had nothing happen to get you angry (at least not yet). So while we are all not angry, let's talk about this: what can we, especially as daughters of God, do to calm ourselves when we get angry? Here are some ideas: 1. Don't say anything. Just keep your mouth shut. Even if you have to curl your hands into fists and bite your tongue hard, it's better to not say anything than to say something you'll regret.
2. Breathe deeply. Get that heart rate down to a normal speed and breathe slowly. Make sure you calm yourself down enough to speak civilly to other people.
3. If you feel that anger rising up, go read/watch/listen to something funny. Laughter is the best medicine, and you definitely will have a hard time staying angry if you were just laughing your head off!
4. If the anger does get out (I have this problem way too often), then remember to ask for forgiveness right away. I know how hard it is to admit when you've done something wrong, but you'll be able to move on much more quickly if you get that weight off your shoulders as soon as possible. These ideas are easier said than done, but practice will help make anger easier to deal with. To be truthful, anger never helps anyone--it just creates more problems. So take a deep breath and push through the anger my sisters! Your Laughing Sister, Callahan