Once upon a time there lived a hot-tempered lady in a village.
She used to get angry over little things.
In anger she used to say a lot of abusive words.
And when her anger subsided, she would feel very sorry.
Her whole family was upset because of this habit. And there was always an atmosphere of anger in the house.
One day a sage came to the door asking for alms.
The woman told her problem to the monk.
She said, “Oh wise one I get angry very quickly. I could not control my anger even if I wanted to. Tell me some solution so that I can control my anger.”
The monk took out a small bottle of medicine from his bag. He gave it to her and said, “Take this. It is a medicine of anger.”
“Whenever you get angry, put four drops of the medicine on your tongue and keep it in your mouth for 10 minutes. Do not open your mouth for 10 minutes otherwise the medicine will not have any effect.”
Saying this the monk left.
The woman started using the medicine as per the instructions of the monk.
In just seven days she lost her habit of getting angry.
After seven days when the monk again came to her door the woman fell at his feet and said,
“Oh, wise one, your medicine has done wonders to me. I don’t get angry now because of taking your medicine. And there is now an atmosphere of peace in my family, too.”
Hearing her words the monk smiled and said, “Daughter there was no medicine in that vial. It was filled only with water. You have not controlled your anger with this medicine. You have controlled your anger by keeping quiet.”
Listen, the voice of more than a half a frickin’ century of experience is talkin’ here.
Because I was an angry person.
For a very long time.
Resentful and angry.
For all the perceived wrongs people and the world did to me.
So I know this very, very well…
An angry person speaks abusive words. And that usually does nothing more than spark more anger. In oneself and others, too.
So, the only cure for anger is silence.
When we get angry and lose our composure our mind stops working… yet our mouth starts working overtime… speaking in anger.
One speaks such abusive words for which he must repent later.
Yes, an angry person can commit physical violence. I’ve seen that thousands of times when I was a cop.
But even if there’s no physical violence, an angry person commits mental violence. For which me must repent later. (At least I sure hope you so.)
But here’s the thang…
Anger lasts only for few moments.
If we keep silent in those moments of anger, then no mental violence will be committed to others around us… and we will be saved from many fights, quarrels and feuds. (Some which could endure a lifetime.)
Therefore, the next time you get angry, put a few drops of the monk’s medicine named “silence” on your tongue and close your mouth while the medicine takes effect.
Doing this, you’ll be saved from many troubles.
Ya know, I just realized that even though I didn’t intend it to come out this way, this message sounds “preachy.”
But please… don’t be offended.
Because I didn’t write it for you.
I wrote it for me.
All the best,
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It’s about how to overcome self-sabotage… which may or may not involve an anger issue.
But either way, after 40+ years as a serial entrepreneur, I’ve discovered that this is the number one issue that holds most people back from achieving all their dreams and goals.
God knows I’ve struggled mightily with it.
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