Lose your Temper, Lose your Edge

There is an old saying that states that: “Those, whom the gods would destroy, they first make angry.”

Anger is depression, fear and frustration turned outward.  They say that violence is an act of an exhausted mind; if that is true my mind has been weary and fatigued at times.  Violence is not always physical mind you; a war of words can do as much damage, if not more at times.   After I lose my temper I have never felt energized, short of breath yes; but never energized; if anything I have felt drained, and forlorn.

When you lose your temper, you have lost your compassion of thought.  You have passed judgment on someone and have condemned them to wrath.   Then you put them in a prison of separation and become their jailer.  A Course in Miracles says: “A jailer is not free, for he is bond together with his prisoner.”  Also that when we: “Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.  The way is simple.  Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold a sword above your head.  And it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free.”

In Metallurgy Temper is the hardness of metal: the degree of hardness of a metal.  So, if you lose your temper your mettle is affected.

Being angry can affect your health and make you sick.  I have in recent years learned to take care of myself by getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, not overextending myself, and having a Positive Mental Attitude.  So, when things start going south, I am aware of the change of direction, I check in with how I am feeling emotionally, physically, spiritually, take a breath, and raise my energy to a higher frequency by thinking of the best case scenario, and envision the situation coming to a positive resolution.

So don’t lose your temper, and you won’t lose your edge, and you will stay sharp, strong and to the point.  The point is to treat yourself and your fellow man with love and compassion and to temper, each moment with awareness and gratitude for all we have is the Sacred Now.

JEFF TURNBULL