"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
As odd as it may sound, I've been thinking about anger for a few weeks now...dwelling on these verses as well as the quote below. As I choose to be guided by these thoughts, the peace that comes is amazing.
"The beginning of freedom from anger is silence of the lips when the heart is agitated; the middle is silence of the thoughts when there is a mere disturbance of soul; and the end is the imperturbable calm under the breath of unclean winds." - St. John Climacus
by the way, imperturbable (word in bold lettering) means...
- marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
- not easily perturbed or excited or upset