Every Friday is Wisdom Friday. It’s just a way for me to share with my readers the little gems of life that I’ve learned either during the week or living life in general.
I am not sure if this true for everybody, but I find that it is infinitely easier to change myself if I first adjust my attitude to fit the new me. For example, I’ve been trying to practice patience for most of this year. Patience comes in many forms, but for me a lot of it is about having compassion towards others who have done me wrong. I realize a lot of the mishaps that lead to my angry state are unintentional, yet many times they anger me just the same.
For most of this year, I tried hard to control my anger without much success. The problem with that approach is I was treating the symptoms and not the cause. It wasn’t until I actively tried to adjust my attitude that I began to make progress. In my case, instead of artificially telling myself the incidents should not bother me, I told myself there was no reason to be angry because the consequences of what happened were unintentional. The more I actively changed my attitude towards the environment that triggered my anger in the first place, the more I was able to divorce myself from anger. The result? I am proud to say that I have not been angry in over a month as of this writing!