“For every minute you remain angry, you lose 60 seconds of peace.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I love this quote from Emerson. It emphasizes that we can control our state of emotional being by choosing the types of thoughts we want to think. Of course we all get angry sometimes, but the sooner you can abandon it, the sooner you can be at peace. I for one know that is the state of feeling that I would rather be in.
How do we make that shift from anger to peace once we recognize the need to?
For each of us it is different. For some it may be the thought or relocation to a place in nature you find tranquil.
Maybe it’s thinking about butterflies, feeling the warm sun on your face, or a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
For me it varies from closing my eyes and being in silence to getting the hostile junk out of my system by going into a state of artistic creativity.
Whatever your peace is, know it’s there when you need to access it.
Don’t waste your precious minutes living in the time-sucking beast of anger.