"My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations." ~Michael J. Fox
When we are angry, we often feel like it is our situation, or the people around us who need to change. "If only my spouse wasn't so bull headed..." "if only my boss could see things my way..." "if only people could learn how to drive..." But the real problem, does not lie in our situation, but in our expectations. We expect people to behave a certain way, and when they do not meet those expectations, we get upset. But our expectations are not realistic. The key to diffusing our anger, is eliminating our expectations, and choosing to accept the world for what it is, not what we wish it to be.
You may notice, as you let go of your expectations, and adopt an attitude of acceptance, that the world does not change. Your family will not change, your friends will not change, your co-workers will not change, but you will be changed. You will realize that your happiness is not dependent on the behavior of others, but on your conscious choice and effort. You will no longer need to worry about being enraged by things you cannot control. Anchored in contentedness, you will become mentally and emotionally stable, no matter what trials you face.
So let go, and be happy.
"There is nothing either good
bad, but thinking makes it so." ~William Shakespeare