I encountered a struggle recently which left me a bit mad. I shared what I was really trying to say, and communication happened. This was good. But I did it all in an angrier way than I wanted to. And while it’s OK to be angry, when it comes to communication, I think it is far better, kinder, and much more effective to patiently explain what it is one really meant, no matter what the attitude of the other is. One shows another respect this way and gives another the benefit of the doubt. It also save credibility if one wants one’s points heard.
The situation has me needing many things, such as help for waiting to speak until anger has calmed down, more time spent pondering life and less in intellectual banter, more calm prayer time, less FB. Here are some quotes that speak to those things. May you find one that touches you as well.
Ideas create idols; only wonder leads to knowing. St. Gregory of Nyssa
Our life is frittered away by detail, Simplify, Simplify. Henry David
I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
The greatest grace God can give someone is to send him a trial he cannot bear with his own powers — and then sustain him with his grace so he may endure to the end and be saved. St. Justin Martyr
When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leperdid him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean. He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Matthew 8:1-3
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy
Guide me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen