Mark Twain once said, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” It never solves any problem or worry, rather it makes us more stressful. It starts controlling our emotions but eventually leads us nowhere. So, why not try avoiding it before it spoils the beauty of our mind and the tranquillity of our heart?
In most cases we sit in the lap of anger despite knowing it won’t help. This happens more when things do not happen as planned. But in the latest such instance, I did not invite anger to join me in my sadness.
It was a plan I had made with my school mates to attend a dinner for old students at my school. To attend this dinner I had to undertake a five-hour bus journey and on arriving I phoned my friend only to be puzzled. “I forgot that the dinner was tonight and now I’m out of town on some work. Don’t worry, you’ll find other friends at the dinner”, he said.
Disappointed, I called the school to retconfirm the time. I was shocked when they told me that the dinner was cancelled that morning, and everyone has been informed via email. I had not checked mine. I was upset as I was looking forward to the dinner that evening.
Seeing a coffee shop, I went in and sat down. The music in the background was soothing and it calmed my nerves. I thought to myself: There’s no point in being angry; it won’t change anything. After about an hour, I walked out, put on my headphones and boarded a bus to my hometown.
As the bus moved out of the town, I updated my social media status: ‘Travelled a lot today and it turned out to be a great outing.’