Anger is a self-centered reaction to inconvenience or disappointment. If I really look back on my day, and remember being angry, it is always for one of these two reasons. How selfish of me. My deep desire is to be better. The Lord loves me, is aware of my weaknesses and is waiting with an out stretched hand to help me. I love Ether 12 in the Book of Mormon. It contains a beautiful promise.
No, I am not always angry. I don't yell at my kids all day. But I want to improve and preserve my most treasured relationships. I certainly have room to improve and I am learning many things about myself and my reactions to certain situations. I want to be better.
"I only have the right to correct those I love. Any time I am feeling impatient or judgemental, I am not prepared to correct. The irony in this principle is that, when I am wholeheartedly loving my child, the urge to correct normally evaporates. Or, if there is still some need to correct, it is done in a spirit that is redemptive rather than punitive." H. Wallace Goddard (The Soft Spoken Parent)
If I look at the BIG picture, I know that it all starts with ME and my relationship with Heavenly father.
Joseph Smith said this....
"All the religious world is boasting of rightousness: It is the doctrine of the devil to retard the human mind, and hinder our progress, by filling us with self-rightousness. The nearer we get to our Heavenly Father, the more we are disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls; we feel that we want to take them upon our shoulders, and cast their sins behind our backs.....If you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another."
My spirit is starving. I'm going to a feast.