It’s easy to be patient and loving when everyone around you acts in a kind and considerate way. But, what happens when someone treats you unfairly or dumps their anger on you?
It’s not easy to hold your temper, is it? Before you even know it, anger uncontrollably bursts forth. Recently, my own patience was tested over a four-month period by a liar and a cheat. Yes, I know that’s not her fundamental nature, but that’s how she acted out.
For the most part, I stayed calm, communicated clearly, and kept a compassionate perspective. However, there were moments when anger burned so hot, I thought I would explode. And, in fact, the steam did spill over onto my innocent husband once or twice, which I regret.
The whole affair showed me I have more training to do when it comes to skillfully working with anger. So I’m redoubling my commitment to catch anger before it catches me, potentially harming myself or another.
As I dig into the art of patience, I want to share all that I know about transforming anger with you. So let’s begin!