No, I'm not really angry. I'm not even frustrated. I'm actually having a great day. But as I contemplated what I wanted to say to help others today, I was reminded of the power of thought and being in control of our emotions. I have heard people say; "She makes me so mad!" or "He gets me so angry!" When in fact, no one can make you angry without your consent. Didn't Eleanor Roosevelt say something about no one can make you feel inferior without your consent? Just substitute ‘inferior’ with any emotion and take your power back. Even when you are angry. I’m not saying to intentionally be angry, I am saying that the next time you start getting hot under the collar, or fuming red with anger, put a time limit on it. Tell yourself you are angry (accept the emotion), then give yourself permission to feel that anger for a certain amount of time. It sounds silly. It sounds so silly, that after 5 minutes, you may just not feel the anger any more! I think when we deny that we’re angry or blame others for our anger; it can linger a lot longer. Give it a try. It’s a nice reminder that we and only we are in control of our emotions.
From your happy to not have to be angry today motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman