“NEVER FLY INTO A RAGE UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED FOR A ROUGH LANDING”. Anger falls one letter short of danger. People constantly blowing fuses are generally left in the dark because if you lose your head, how then can you expect to use it? A popular 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 : always count down before blasting off. Seneca quipped, “The best cure for anger is delay”.
Blowing your stack never fails to add to the air pollution. You must ask yourself these questions: How many great ideas have you had while you were angry? How many “expensive words” have you said when you were upset? You’ll never get to the top if you keep blowing yours. One of the worst fruits of anger is revenge. No passion of the human heart promises so much and pays so lithe as that of revenge.
The longest odds in the world are those against getting even with someone. Instead of revenge, consider what the Holy Book orders: “’vengeance is Mine, I will repay’, says the Lord. Therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head”. Francis Bacon added, “In taking revenge a man is but even with his enemies; but in passing it over; he is superior”. 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”. Also David Hume said, he is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstance. Anger comes back to you, and it will surely hit you harder than anyone or anything at which you throw it. Time spent in getting even is better used in trying to get ahead. Revenge is like biting a dog because the dog has bitten you. When trying to get even, you will always do odd and unhelpful things. In summary, according to an old English Proverb: Vengeance is a dish that should be eaten cold.