"When I Have Lost My Temper"

When I have lost my temper,
      I have lost my reason, too.
I'm never proud of anything
      Which angrily I do.

When I have talked in anger
      And my cheeks are flaming red,
I have always uttered something
      Which I wish I had not said.

In anger I have never
      Done a kindly deed or wise,
But many things for which I felt
      I should apologize.

In looking back across my life,
      At all I've lost or made,
I can't recall a single time
      When fury ever paid.

So I struggle to be patient,
      For I've reached a wiser age;
I do not  want to do a thing
      Or speak a word in rage.

I have learned by sad experience
      That when my temper flies,
I never do a worthy deed,
      A decent deed or wise.

                                      author unknown


But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:8


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Sometimes when a person "blows his top" he attempts to excuse it by saying, "It's all over in a minute."  Well, so is a tornado, but look at the damage it leaves behind. 

The wise person realizes that they can do great harm and he, therefore, stays conscious of the need to keep the temper under control.

The next time you feel yourself losing control, try getting away from everybody for a few moments.  Being alone may help you realize that losing control won't accomplish anything worthwhile.
Remember, "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city" (Proverbs 16:32)

                                                                              David Sain


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