Anger is poi­sonous

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

HELLO, MI neigh­bour! An­gry peo­ple can be deadly peo­ple, es­pe­cially if they have no clue about how to man­age anger! Of­ten­times, un­con­trolled anger leads to vi­o­lence and de­struc­tion – even mass de­struc­tion. And why is our world so an­gry? Un­ful­filled dreams? Dis­sat­is­fac­tion with gov­ern­ments? Are some an­gry be­cause they are hun­gry – not just for food, but for power, sex, recog­ni­tion, wealth and the like? Why are you so an­gry? I know: no peace of mind.

Car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Cyn­thia Thaik says anger and ha­tred are nat­u­ral, but they are also some of the most toxic emo­tions af­fect­ing the world. Feel­ings of rage and ha­tred build up in the mind, body and soul, af­fect the body’s or­gans and nat­u­ral pro­cesses and breed even more neg­a­tive emo­tions. Ex­press­ing anger, how­ever, in rea­son­able ways can be healthy. Ex­plo­sive peo­ple who hurl ob­jects and yell at oth­ers fre­quently may be at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Be care­ful co-work­ers and mar­ried cou­ples, don’t yell at each other. Re­mem­ber, “griev­ous words stir up anger, but kind words turn away wrath”.

ANGER CRE­ATES STRESS

Dr Thaik dis­cov­ered that pro­longed bouts of anger can take a toll on the body in the form of high blood pres­sure, stress, anx­i­ety, headaches and poor cir­cu­la­tion. Re­search also shows that even a very short episode of anger can cre­ate more stress than our fee­ble lit­tle bod­ies can han­dle. Anger can be di­rected at your­self or at other peo­ple, but ei­ther way, we lose when­ever we al­low this neg­a­tive emo­tion to con­trol our lives. For­tu­nately, there are some ways to over­come anger within six hours. Please re­search.

Today, peo­ple in­flict vi­o­lence on one another on a scale never seen be­fore in hu­man his­tory. Anger against oth­ers has killed bil­lions of peo­ple through the course of his­tory. The num­ber of killings through per­sonal at­tacks, wars, ter­ror­ism, and shoot­ings are as­tound­ing!

Ac­cord­ing to For­mer South African Pres­i­dent Nelson Man­dela, we feel the pain of chil­dren who are abused by peo­ple who should pro­tect them, women in­jured or humiliated by vi­o­lent part­ners, el­derly per­sons mal­treated by their care­givers, youth who are bul­lied by other youths, and peo­ple of all ages who in­flict vi­o­lence on them­selves. This suf­fer­ing re­pro­duces it­self as new gen­er­a­tions learn from the vi­o­lence of gen­er­a­tions past, as vic­tims learn from vic­timis­ers, and as the so­cial con­di­tions that nur­ture vi­o­lence are al­lowed to con­tinue. No coun­try, no city, no com­mu­nity is im­mune. But nei­ther are we pow­er­less against it. In­deed, we are not pow­er­less! There are prin­ci­ples by which we can live in har­mony in our homes our com­mu­ni­ties and our world! But is any­one lis­ten­ing? War will never bring peace, mur­der will never re­move pain or poverty, anger will never bring hap­pi­ness, and ha­tred will never calm the soul! Here’s what will: LOVE. “Love will cover a mul­ti­tude of sins.” Let these words per­me­ate your mind and in­flu­ence your be­hav­iour as to­gether we com­mence an upris­ing against anger today – “thou shalt love thy neigh­bour as thy­self and do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you.” Utopia! Not quite, but our world would be far more pleas­ant! Play your part from the heart!

THANKS TO NEIGH­BOURS

1. Mrs Neil, St Andrew, for

do­na­tion of cloth­ing. 2. Miss Gar­cia for of­fer­ing adult

cloth­ing. 3. Koreen, USA, for her will­ing­ness to as­sist a Ja­maican neigh­bour. 4. Ev­ery­body’s Phar­macy, once

again, for acts of neigh­bours.

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES TO HELP A NEIGH­BOUR:

IISasha, St Mary, ask­ing for se­cond-hand TV or ra­dio. Camille, St Cather­ine, ask­ing for a queen-sized mat­tress.

INeigh­bour, St Cather­ine, seek­ing fi­nan­cial to do ul­tra­sound which should have been done from last year Novem­ber. Ms McLean, ask­ing neigh­bours for a se­cond-hand func­tional sewing ma­chine to help make a liv­ing. Neigh­bour, ask­ing for a se­cond-hand tele­vi­sion – even for the chil­dren’s sake. I Neigh­bour, St Cather­ine,

ask­ing for a gas stove. I Shantel, ask­ing neigh­bours

for stove and a bed.

III Ms Daisy, hun­gry and has no food. Ask­ing for neigh­bours’ help.

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