DON’T FLY INTO A RAGE UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED FOR A ROUGH LANDING.

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A Filipino saying advises, “Postpone today’s anger until tomorrow.” (Then apply this rule the next day and the next). When you are upset, take a lesson from modern science: always count down before blasting off. By the way, counting to ten may not be enough; I know sometimes it takes counting to twenty.

Seneca quipped, “The best cure for anger is delay.” The book of proverbs counsels, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.”

Blowing your stack always adds to the air pollution. How many great ideas have you had while you were angry? How many “expensive words “have you said when you wee upset? You will never get to the top if you keep blowing yours.

Anger is one letter short of danger. People who are constantly blowing fuses are generally left in the dark. If you lose your head, how can you expect to use it?

One if the worst fruits of anger is revenge. No passion of the human heart promises so much and pays so little as that of revenge. The longest odds in the world are those against getting even with someone. Francis Bacon adds, “In taking revenge a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.”

Time spent in getting even is better used in trying to get ahead. When trying to get even, you will always do odd things. “Vengeance is a dish that should be eaten cold” (an Old English Proverb).

Marcus Antonius reflected, “Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.” David Hume said, “He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.” Anger is a boomerang that will surely hit you harder than anyone or anything at which you throw it. Keep your temper. No one else wants it.

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