Letting go of rage

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We already know that venting anger releases tension. And there are ways of venting anger. Common swear words are easy, but they are not elegant or terribly witty. Although in some cultures, they claim that swearing is a part of their culture and it shows character. I believe I am married to one. Though I would beg to disagree, as I am not comfortable with swear words. I would use humor instead. Release your rage by writing it - and, in the process, play, recover your perspective, and maybe even garner the bonus of a good belly laugh.

One Saturday morning, as I was driving in a packed highway, and everyone seems to beat each other on the road rushing to get ahead. Then as the cars approach the bottlenecking awaiting to pay a toll, I watched a driver cut in front of a pickup truck to get ahead in line. The truck driver got out of his truck, walked up to the car, and told the driver to wait his turn. He had his hands on the car door. The driver hit his hands with what looked like a stick. The truck driver backed away, returned to his truck, opened his door, leaned in, and picked something up that I thought at first was a book. He walked back to the car and lifted what was, in fact, a pistol, which he proceeded to aim at the other driver's head. He moved his car while the rest of us held our collective breaths watching.

Clearly we can see how rage makes us crazy. Of course this rage is nothing new. We see it in the news all the time. When we are enraged we do things we would never have believed possible. Sometimes, we are enraged for very good reasons.

How do we deal with it? What to do? How? As everyone has varied levels of rage and is manifested in various ways, we have to admit that we all have some rage in us. For some of us that might mean giving up a lifetime of denial. Some therapists advise us to control our thoughts so they aren't angry ones. Well, I guess you can give it a shot. Distraction is often offered as another tactic. We can cultivate friends, volunteer, exercise, get a pet, and we can pray or meditate.

Some of these methods can help, once we've admitted to ourselves that we aren't the sweet, caring, happy-go-lucky people we thought we were. But they all depend on willpower to work, and it can be really tough to stay on target. People who have been meditating for some time know that the rage is much deeper than any of us ever expect it to be. Like dandelions, the roots grow faster than we can pull them. It's also like poison ivy, with underground tentacles that wrap around everything they touch, strangling the heart out of us. While a good meditation sitting can quickly soften the edges of anger, rage is different. It takes more. It demands more. It demands our recognition, our undivided attention, and our acceptance.

Without commitment to letting go of your rage, no change can happen. So make the commitment. After all. we're far enough along this path by now that the deepest part of us knows that there really is no turning back. It may irritate the heck out of us, but it is there. So let go of your anger. Let go of your rage.

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Rage can affect us all depending upon the circumstances Mariaster!

It's how we deal with it at the time and moving forward which makes all the difference!

When driving around Sao Paulo I saw guns being pulled out on a regular basis in the traffic...

Mostly kids on motorbikes trying to rob people stuck in the traffic....

Take care my friend and...

Cheers!!

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I believe I had PTSD after that experience Nickster!

I wouldn't doubt it my friend!!

Have a superb Sunday Mariaster!!

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The “Me first” mentality is the reason for the existence of Rage driving!

Have an amazingly superb Sunday yourself Nickster! Hope it’s not as freezing over there as it is here! But that’s your kind of a weather anyway!

It is indeed Mariaster!

We must have hit 80°F here on Thursday and Friday, which is fine for me if was July or August!!

Only about 60 here today, but I'm still wearing shorts and a T-shirt!

Stay warm my friend and take care ok!

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I see it most days Maria, everything from car horns to fist fights, never seen a gun pulled (yet).
Some people have no thoughts for other road users, cutting in and taking up the braking space.
Maybe they are more important than us, or as a truck owning friend once asked of someone he confronted "Do you pay more road tax than me?
It didn't end well for that car driver or his car either.
I am normally pretty chill, but sometimes the stupidity of it all gets the better of me and I can't, just can't stop myself from letting fly with some choice words.

It’s existent everywhere these days! With no regards for others, each one wants to get ahead first! No respect!

This is a good message. Sadly, it seems that fewer people can control their rage. This was something that was taught when I went to school. We studied things like psychology, but I am not sure that they teach this anymore. It is a shame because ways to avoid full-blown rage were one topic they always discussed.

Nancy

So many people are mental case, they don’t have to be on the road with us!

Ah the crazy world that we live in Marioi!

Great words, my friend!

Jeffoi

It’s getting crazier day by day Jeffoi!

I know that it is, Marioi! We just have to stand strong!

Jeffoi

Going to Church and fellowship in the WORD OF GOD. Whatever your faith may be. Positive in exercise and eating well.. That’s my Spiritual growth Try it. Thank You

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