One of hub’s favorite episodes from Parks and Rec is the hunting episode.
Why? Because he loves hunting, or did once. Now, he loves talking about hunting more than actually getting out there and freezing his bum off hunting.
Good for the woodland fellows, for sure!
During P&R’s hunting episode, Ron gets shot in the head and he’s angry. Who wouldn’t be?
I know how he feels.
I’m sometimes angry too, and when I am the last thing I want someone to say is, “Calm down.”
I might need to calm down.
I might be better off if I did calm down.
Everyone around me might be better off if I calmed down.
Problem is, the last thing I want them to say to me in that moment is, “Calm down.”
Absolute last thing!
But today I’m not angry, and during the past five years I can only remember a handful of times when I was angry. I attribute that to hormones mostly, or the lack thereof, but it might be partly due to maturity. Let’s hope so. 😉
These days when I’m tempted to get angry I say to myself, “Self, is the amount of energy you’re about to expend on anger worth the effort it will take to regain a sense of peace and serenity after the fact?” In most instances, it’s not, so why do it.
Everything in life is a trade-off! Remember that and you will do well in this world.
Have you ever been so angry that staying calm was the furthest thing from your mind? What constructive thing did you do with your anger, or how did you move past it?