Finding Your Inner Peace
A true story about one man's journey of releasing anger.
Posted Jul 11, 2014
People have the unique ability to change how they respond to anger. I want to share a story with you that was shared with me while at an event presenting on the topic of teen anger. I was approached by an 80-year-old man; he started some small talk and then asked if he could share something with me. I obliged and sat back and listened. I felt as though I quickly switched roles from "expert" (whatever that means) to pupil…because in those few moments he left an impact on me and my approach to anger.
Here's the simple message he conveyed:“You know I was one of those angry kids?”he said. I nodded and decided to engage in the conversation, “You were?” I asked, noticing he had used past tense. “What changed you?” He looked me in the eyes and said, “A triple by-pass when I was 40 and losing my wife to a divorce.” I could sense that he was reliving some of those memories. "Hmm, that's a lot." I replied. On his face I could see the 80 years of life lessons and wisdom as he began to form his thoughts. "It took that to make me realize that I had to change. You see I found something..." He left me with the curiosity of wanting to know his secret. “What did you find?” I asked.
Life is too short to be angry at the world. Don't let anger spiral out of control like a tornado. Just like the gentleman who inspired me with his experience, it is my sincerest hope that you too find your own “inner peace.”
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” Dalai Lama XIV