Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thoughts - August 11, 2016

"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

It is the 'anger of a gentle man' that caught my eye in this one. I grew up in a home with very little anger (except the "righteous" kind, where anger was directed at society's ills). My parents were never angry with each other, amazing as that sounds. Mom told me that once she tried to pick a fight with dad early in their marriage and he refused to argue, hugging her gently instead. My older siblings never had words - any anger was pretty much left to me and I stirred the pot on a few occasions. It took me many years to learn how to be angry, to even recognize that emotion. It is a powerful force and should be saved for things that truly matter, brought out when talk and reason and persuasion fail. Uncontrolled anger has been the downfall of many a person. But when a gentle person erupts in anger, take heed. It is wise to listen. - Beth Almond Ford

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