Imagine a strong warrior. He has no weakness. His attacks are well chosen and executed with purpose. There is no chinks in his armor, no weakness in his defense. He doesn’t panic in difficult situations. He is calm and does what is necessary.
In ancient times, the strength of a city was determined by the strength of its walls. If the enemy could penetrate the walls, they could invade the city and plunder its wealth. Protection came from the wall. The stronger the walls, the greater the protection.
A city breached and left defenseless are those who do not control their temper. –Proverbs 25:28
It is hard to think clearly when you are angry. Anger is like a bad drug that impairs your ability to make good decisions. Allowing your anger to control you weakens your defenses. It allows your enemies, whatever/whoever they may be, to penetrate your walls. Once the damage is done, it is difficult to recover. Repairing broken walls is no easy chore.
With a calm mind, our ability to make good decisions improve. Not making irrational decisions means no reparations have to be made. We can always move forward without any damage control impeding our progress. We can be like the strong warrior who moves with precision and strength.
The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength. –Marcus Aurelius
Prone to anger? Find a way to control it. If possible, step away from the source of the problem and observe it like an outsider. Often, it is a misguided perception of the issue that allows our anger to form. Rather than react in anger, we can detach from the situation and figure out how to correct it. This is strength.
We have much to learn from Marcus Aurelius, to be sure – and a few things not to learn, like reversion to dynastic succession. Minor point: the ancient Roman depicted here in marble is not Marcus Aurelius but his predecessor, Antoninus Pius.
I appreciate the comment Bill, and it is definitely true. Both good and bad lessons to learn from. In regards to the picture, wow! I need to correct this. Thank you for the heads-up and for taking the time to read.