Good sense makes a man slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. –Proverbs 19:11
It is not the easiest pill to swallow, but being slow to anger is the best medicine. Here’s 10 reasons why it is best to let it go:
- Winston Churchill said, “A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.” Let that quote sink in if the little things make you angry.
- Not getting angry is a true test of self-mastery. Do you have enough restraint over your mind to not give into your emotions?
- To not retaliate may be perceived as weakness, but this is the easy way. Isn’t it better to have the strength of a calm mind? As Marcus Aurelius put it, “The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”
- What is the offense? Does the offender deem this as offensive or are they acting in a way they perceive to be right?
- A city breached and left defenseless are those who cannot control their temper. –Proverbs 25:28. What’s the translation here? Without the proper defenses in place, you are vulnerable. An angry man does not make good decisions, and poor decisions are a liability.
- The high road, your glory, is to overlook it. When the offender realizes his errors, the onus is on him to make it right.
- The low road, which is shameful, is to point out the offence. Do this, and chances are the offender will care less about rectifying the mistake.
- Is this something you will be angry about tomorrow? Only if you stoke the fire.
- When anger rises, think of the consequences. –Confucius
- Take a deep breath. Count to ten or a hundred. Do what is right and you can’t go wrong.