Thank you for choosing to join me and artist Jacqueline Nicholls on this 40 day journey into a new year. I hope these reflections on the ripples of our being inspire private introspection and public conversation. Here’s today’s post:
Rage erupts. Often it’s worse when directed at those in our inner circle, the place where things matter most. Road rage or toxic online exchanges are often replacements. How do I better maintain and manage my anger with those closest to me? Today I make a secret list: who makes me the most angry. I’ll stick to ten but even if it’s longer, who is there? Why? And how can I work on a shorter list next year?
One tool: After a volatile break up earlier this year I came up with the concept of an “emotional safe word” – a code, verbal or not, to indicate that we have just crossed a line. Maybe our voice begins that volcanic eruption, and the emotional safe word helps us stop and become aware before it passes the point of no return. I take time today for reflection on anger management. Make the list. Consider at least one helpful tool in the year ahead.
– Rabbi Amichai
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