Anger? Don't divert it ... destroy it!

A friend once confided to me that she couldn't enjoy playing on her racquetball team because many of the other players seemed to be using the game as an opportunity to let out their pent-up anger.

Most people recognize the need to maintain self-control when facing the pressures, conflicts, and frustrations of modern living. If we find that we can do this only through the use of human will, it may be that our calm is merely a temporary cover for anger. Such anger becomes evident eventually, sometimes victimizing other people. Very often harbored wrath contributes to physical illness. So let us recognize the need to destroy anger instead of merely suppressing or rechanneling it.

Reflections on Psalm 150
June 21, 1982

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