A reaction to anger like no other

Here's a sure-fire way not only to defuse but to heal discord.

You've probably had an experience something like one of these: You're driving down a busy street when someone suddenly pulls out in front of you, causing you to hit the brakes. Or someone with a hot temper comes to work and out of nowhere blames you for his or her problems. Or maybe your kids or your spouse has just done something or neglected to do something that is threatening to set you off into a fit of anger.

How do you react? Your answer to this question determines your success in handling any situation. We always have a choice between being upset, angry, or bringing harmony and healing. We don't have to react with a display of temper, hurt feelings, or anger, because we can "go higher"—we can immediately turn our thoughts to the Christly way of living that Jesus taught. And when we do this, we become healers instead of "reactors." Science and Health explains Christ in this way: "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error" (p. 583).

March 30, 1998

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