Championship Emotions/Anger Management
52“I decided to attack in the last couple of kilometers and knew it would be difficult.” Igor Astarloa Askasibar, 2003 World Champion, on his perfectly timed attack
Likewise, precise management of anger-fueled energy can help us. It feels like crap when someone mistreats us. Powerful feelings of anger energize for action and signal that something is WRONG! Anger is a necessary emotion – our fence in a land of intersecting interpersonal boundaries. Yet it’s a secondary emotion. One first feels afraid, attacked, offended, disrespected, forced, trapped, or pressured, and anger registers.
Distinguishing the causes, and therefore the solutions of that wrong can be more complex, but is necessary for the primary rescinded need to be protected and replenished. Utilize the important information that anger gives. Take time to think through the occurrence and why it felt like a trespass against you.
Anger repressed or sustained in the body can lead to sickness. There are many studies linking long-term anger to physiological stress; and stress to reduction of antioxidant disease-fighting ability, as well as hypertensive disorders caused by loss of relaxation. Properly managed anger fuels energy, indicates a wrong that needs righted, a battle that must be fought or something from which to flee. Like a well-timed attack, you want to put this energy to its best use while dropping all in contention.
Prayer for Anger Management
“Be angry but don’t sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” 53Ephesians 4:26
We are grateful that anger in itself isn’t wrong, and confess we sometimes misuse it – countering to our detriment. We pray for awareness of causes, and wisdom for its restricted utilization.
Ponder What does my anger have to say? What’s the lesson and how do I apply it effectively? Affirm I use my anger to fuel intense response or release, with kindness to myself and others. Watch sunrise’s upsets shine hot at high noon and fade into mellowed beauty by day’s end.
52“What They Said,” by Tony Szurly in “World Champs: Elite Men’s Road Report,” Daily Peloton. 10/12/2003 www.dailypeloton.com
53The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson