Thought for Today
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.”
I have long believed that when someone angers you and you do not address this anger, it is you who suffers and not the one who angered you. Too often I am guilty of suppressing these feelings until I reach a boiling point, then I unleash these pent up feelings with the fury of a ravaging storm. Everyone then suffers; I suffer for the time I have suppressed these feelings; and the ones in the path of my fury suffer when I unleash them.
I suppose that I keep these feelings to myself for fear that I may hurt ones feelings, in the end my fury hurts even more. I am learning that it is more important to risk hurting ones feelings by expressing how I feel at that moment, than letting things build up to the point that I go into a ranting, screaming tirade that accomplishes little except more hurt feelings.