If a small thing has the power to make you angry,
Does that not indicate something about your size?
~ Sydney J. Harris
Do little things make you angry? Minor issues like the way your husband throws the paper on the floor after reading it, or your wife reminds you to take the garbage out for the third time, or your boss is five minutes late for every meeting, or how much of a pain it is to get the ultra-sealed plastic container open for that new flash drive you purchased?
Granted, life might be a bit easier if that paper was neatly stacked on the end table for proper disposal, or you didn’t have to be reminded to do a simple chore, or you could mumble a few magical words and that plastic container would pop open. But everyday human life doesn’t always work that way.
There are unending opportunities to practice patience, love, goodwill, compassion and generosity toward others. If you want to live a progressive spiritual life, it’s important to remember that love never gets tired or worn out no matter how many times it has to be expressed!
Anger is an acid that corrodes. It corrupts good attitudes. It spoils healthy demeanor. It saddens a joyful heart. It darkens a lighted corridor.
Anger targeted at other people or toward oneself is generally hurtful and harmful. It is not a good thing whether large or small.
The better way is to love.
Those little things that get you upset are trivial compared to the greater lessons of learning to love unselfishly no matter what.
Anger is a road to suffering.
Which path would you rather walk?
Let the irritation and resentment go. It’s not worth the suffering it brings. Love more, be less self-concerned, and let divine Love rule your thought. You’ll be much happier and healthier and so will everyone else around you.
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 16:32