I’m not usually an angry person. But sometimes a lack of sleep weakens my will for patience and forbearance. This usually results in some auditory condemnation of my fellow 1-93/ 1-95 commuters whom I perhaps judge too quickly. I sometimes have to remind myself to not get so worked up. Here’s a great talk from our current prophet Thomas S. Monson addressed to the men in our church on controlling the emotion of anger – school thy feelings.
In his remarks, President Monson references a hymn written by Charles W. Penrose, a Mormon church leader from the early 20th century.
School thy feelings, O my brother;
Train thy warm, impulsive soul.
Do not its emotions smother,
But let wisdom’s voice control.
School thy feelings; there is power
In the cool, collected mind.
Passion shatters reason’s tower,
Makes the clearest vision blind.
When I remember to keep my anger in check, I feel more inward peace and love toward others. Have you found specific things that help you with this emotion? What difference has it made in your life?