If you struggle with anger like I do (in other words, if you're a member of the human race), then I have to recommend that you pick up a copy of Overcoming Sinful Anger by Rev. T.G. Morrow. It's short and sweet, a lot like what I strove to do with Tolkien's Requiem, and it's packed with practical wisdom for creatively channeling (rather than suppressing) the anger that we all have for various reasons that can easily damage and even destroy relationships. It was recommended to me in the Confessional a few months back, and as an example, it has given me a simple but thus far highly effective strategy for dealing peaceably with my youngest who frequently behaves defiantly. What's wonderful is to see this 8yo kiddo start to be reflective about his own behavior. Honestly, it seems miraculous.
This is a book for everyone. Here's Morrow quoting Aristotle, and this little bit can be seen as a summary of the philosophy of anger management prescribed by the book:
You must remind your children that it may be "okay to be angry, but it is never okay to be mean." Lyman Abbott put it similarly: "Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry." And, Aristotle wrote, "Anybody can become angry - that is easy - but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not . . . easy."What are you waiting for? Don't let anger get the best of you.
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