Temper Tantrums

A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.
                         —Proverbs 29:11

The word “fool” is often linked with anger in the Bible.

          A quick-tempered man does foolish things (Prov. 14:16).
          It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel (Prov. 20:3).
          Do not be quickly provoked … for anger resides in the lap of fools (Eccl. 7:9).

Temper tantrums are unpleasant in children … and disgusting in adults. Grown-ups who fly off the handle are a disgrace to themselves, a humiliation to their target, and an embarrassment to those who witness their explosions.

“I have a quick temper,” she said, “but it doesn’t last long.” Neither does a tornado, but it leaves a mess that takes years to clean up. Words and actions sparked by anger leave wounds that may never heal.

A minute of uncontrolled anger
can give birth to years of regret.

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