A young girl who was writing a paper for school came to her father and asked, “Dad, what is the difference between anger and exasperation?”
The father replied, “It is mostly a matter of degree. Let me show you what I mean.” With that the father went to the telephone and dialed a number at random. To the man who answered the phone, he said, “Hello, is Melvin there?” The man answered, “There is no one living here named Melvin. Why don`t you learn to look up numbers before you dial?”.
“See,” said the father to his daughter. “That man was not a bit happy with our call. He was probably very busy with something and we annoyed him. Now watch….” The father dialed the number again. “Hello, is Melvin there?” asked the father. Now look here!” came the heated reply. “You just called this number and I told you that there is no Melvin here! You`ve got lot of guts calling again!” The receiver slammed down hard.
The father turned to his daughter and said, “You see, that was anger. Now I`ll show you what exasperation means.” He dialed the same number, and when a violent voice roared, “Hello!”<The father calmly said, “Hello, this is Melvin. Have there been any calls for me?
[Anger is an emotion and, as such, is neither good or bad. It is what we do or don’t do about our anger that can become sinful. Here are some thoughts about anger.]
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal wanting to throw it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret-it leads only to evil
— Psalm 37:8
Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty.
Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage.
— Babylonian Talmud
A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground.
A strong person is the person who contains himself when he is angry.
Be angry but do not sin;
do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and do not make room for the devil.
— Eph 4:26-27
But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister,
you will be liable to judgement…
and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire.
So when you are offering your gift at the altar,
if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar and go;
first be reconciled to your brother or sister,
and then come and offer your gift.’
— Mt 5:21-24
[Besides the teaching of Jesus, which other quotation seems to really speak to you today?]