Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
― Mark Twain

Once upon a time there were two monks who had lived together for 40 years and never had a squabble. Not even once.

One day, one monk said to the other: "Don't you think it's about time we had a squabble, even if it's just once?"

"Sure," replied the other monk. "Let's get started right away. About what shall we squabble?"

"About this piece of bread perhaps?" the first monk offered.

"Ok, let's have a squabble over this bread. How are we going to go about this?" Asked the other again.

"This bread is mine, and mine alone," said the first monk.

"Oh yeah? Well you can keep it," said the second monk.

~Anthony de Mello

 

“Anger ... it's a paralyzing emotion ... you can't get anything done. People sort of think it's an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling —- I don't think it's any of that —- it's helpless ... it's absence of control —- and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers ... and anger doesn't provide any of that —- I have no use for it whatsoever.”

― Toni Morrison

 

P.S: Isn’t it amazing that the two monks lived together for four decades without a squabble????

Anyway,it takes two to squabble and one to choose not to.

Every situation offers us the opportunity to either react or respond.

As humans we do experience all emotions,including anger.What if, our levels of awareness are so high that we are willing to let it go immediately?????

Like everything else in life,it is a choice.

Namaste,

Bhagya

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