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Thursday, April 11, 2019

We know that anger is not generally good.

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.” Psalm 37:8.

When I saw this logging scene it kind of looked like an angry person went through the forest.

Often times, people don’t realize how their anger affects others. After they inflict their rage with harsh words and actions, they might go on like nothing happened. Meanwhile the people affected are left a bit like downed trees in their wake.

We might wonder what the opposite of anger would be. I’m not quite sure of the exact opposite. But we might consider why we have a natural tendency towards fury. It may be because we have a strong sense that something needs to be done to correct a wrong.

When we have this reaction it is good to pause and think about what it is that needs to be done and why. Then, take a moment to decide on a course of action that gets that thing done while being thoughtful and considerate of people around.

Maybe the opposite of anger is thoughtfulness. I did a search and found an interesting site at http://opposite-of.com/anger/ It has a list of good opposites, but interestingly didn’t have “thoughtfulness.” When considering times you are angry, what would you choose for a good opposite?