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For The Hot-Head

by DW Green — July 29, 2020

Anger is not impressive or tough—it’s a mistake.

“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance—unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”—Marcus Aurelius

Why do athletes talk trash to each other? Why do they deliberately say offensive and nasty things to their competitors when the refs aren’t looking? To provoke a reaction. Distracting and angering opponents is an easy way to knock them off their game.

Try to remember that when you find yourself getting mad. Anger is not impressive or tough—it’s a mistake. It’s weakness. Depending on what you’re doing, it might even be a trap that someone laid for you.

Fans and opponents called boxer Joe Lewis the “Ring Robot” because he was utterly unemotional—his cold, calm demeanor was far more terrifying that any crazed look or emotional outburst would have been.

Strength is the ability to maintain a hold of oneself. It’s being the person who never gets mad, who cannot be rattled, because they are in control of their passions—rather than controlled by their passions.

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3 responses to “For The Hot-Head”

  1. Lyann says:

    Good words to live by! But you need an outlet, be it yoga or exercise, to be “the person who NEVER gets mad”…if not, your heart and health suffer from holding all of that in.

  2. Laura Sowers says:

    Nice, Dw. Especially needed in these hot-headed times.

  3. Justin Bishop says:

    Hey DW, You certainly have a point here. It really is just an empty macho stunt to get that way… angry and outta control! Thanks for expressing yourself here.

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