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Lingering Anger.

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In a 1994 newspaper article entitled, “War’s Lethal Leftovers Threaten Europeans,” Associated Press reporter Christopher Burns writes: “The bombs of world war two are still killing people in Europe. They turn up; and sometimes blow up; at construction sites, in fishing nets, or on beaches over fifty years after the guns fell silent. Hundreds of tons of explosives
are recovered every year in France alone and in 1993 thirteen bombs exploded killing 12 people and wounding 11. A colleague who heads a government team in the Champagne Ardennes region that defuses explosives from both world war one and world war two, said that he had recently lost two of his team, when the bomb exploded as they were trying to make it safe. Unexploded bombs become more dangerous with time, with the corrosion
inside; the weapon becomes more unstable and can detonate at any time.”

What is true of lingering bombs is also true of lingering anger: it explodes when you least expect it and usually hurts those closest to you. It can also cause you to lose respect and in some cases you’re strived for promotion, if this were to happen in the workplace and you are perceived as a bully by your colleagues. Anger is something built into our being; the secret is in controlling it and there are even anger management courses available, which are sometimes used by the courts when a case appears before them. With lingering anger, this can also make us appear unstable as with a common occurrence often seen in motorists known as “road rage.” Behind the wheel of a car, on a motorway doing 70mph when someone cuts in, or moves out without a signal is a very dangerous place to lose your cool and could even cause a fatal accident in the worst scenario, as the motorway police will quickly verify.

The Bible tells us that: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who rules his spirit better than he who takes a city.”

The world needs all of us to participate positively and try to make a better life for everyone.
Try to think of larger issues and avoid the petty useless stuff that we all carry with us.

Published Mon 19th Aug 2013 11:04:37

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