Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tug O War - Playing Games With Anger

"If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope." - Gunther, Max

“The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu



I grabbed the knotted cloth with my hand, hung on tight and shook it in front on my ever willing mutt, Thor. He responded by latching on and shaking it so vigorously I nearly lost hold. I teased him for a moment, and then used him for a floor mop because despite my best efforts, he wouldn't let go. This made me laugh and smile, and even video tape him for a YouTube post. Millions have done the same thing, making the rage of the hunt and nurture of the kill a funny moment, inspiring it and laughing only because they controlled that instinct. That's how it is with my anger.


Those who are comfortable with it, shake the rope, knowing they're in control. It took me a long time, with my temper flaring at every waved knotted circumstance, to understand this response. What I did in these conflicts was reflect the built up anger in me. After many years of testing and fighting every challenge, it is enough. I quit. I'm tired of my anger being used against me. I'm holding back my anger, and resisting the challenges, leaving the players scratching their head, “Your not behaving like you should, why aren't you pulling back?” Not every fight needs fighting and not every challenge needs answering. So, that little rope your waving, the rope of conflict, jealousy, anger, or whatever it is you choose to challenge me with, keep it, I'm not participating in your game. I'm aware that to control myself is my biggest challenge and to live in peace, following peace, is the biggest advantage.

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