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Reading this post was very timely for me. This evening, I let my mechanic's vocabulary fly when my husband's car jump started, and I'd spent a good portion of Saturday morning trying to figure out what was wrong with it. Unfortunately, some neighbors that I hadn't met got to see that display. Luckily no one else saw it. I think a good bit of it was stress from moving in three weeks (tree weeks from now), and feeling like I'd failed at fixing my husband's car when I spent all that time with it, trying everything (including jumping it). Did I mention that I'm super Type A and super hard on myself? One day I will look back and laugh. Not there yet a few hours later.

The good news is that it's like you mentioned: At least we realized right away that the anger was out of control and felt mortified about it. It's also like your friend said, we are human. We make mistakes. We overreact to things at times. Sometimes we have to go through things like that (in your case, extreme jet lag...or trip lag) to grow and get a better reaction for the next time we do it.

I have gotten centered again by starting to analyze WHY (this is the psych major in me) I am angry about something and what to do about it. If I have a solution or a way to the solution in a problem, I'm a lot less likely to overreact. Overreacting doesn't happen often, but I sure do feel dumb when I do! I'm definitely an internalizer so I guess it all has to bubble up sometime. Pretty scenery also makes me appreciate life and makes me happy when I'm in a funk. Again, so glad that you chose to share this with us!

Katherine M
Frederick, MD
Monday, August 3, 2015
Editor Response
Katherine,
Thanks for sharing your very personal instance of an anger flair-up. We are all indeed human, and being transparent in a safe environment helps us to learn from each other, and grow from the sharing and processing of our stories.

All the best to you with your upcoming move, and thanks for reading WRN and my Everyday Miracles column.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Genevieve,
I'm amazed at the way certain life lessons cross over from many different teachings. It is nice to be reminded of many of the lessons I learned in a 12 step program years ago.

JOY = Jesus, Others, You. Be of service to others.
Have an attitude of gratitude.
Write it down then give it to God. My first sponsor taught me to take an old coffee can, cut a hole in the lid, write my problems, the put it in my God Can. Because God Can do what I cannot.
Get busy and get out of my head. Because my head is a dangerous place.

It is always so interesting and encouraging to me to see these time honored lessons play out in other aspects of life. I'm glad you found your way back to center.

Sash Walker
San Diego, CA
Monday, June 29, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for the inspiring thoughts Sash, and for sharing your perspective. Love the JOY acronym.
Genevieve Schmitt
This article could not have come at a more perfect time in my life. In the past five months I have divorced, my mother died, my youngest married, and I turned 55. I started suffering from anxiety attacks and my self-esteem dropped to an all-time low. I learned how to ride a motorcycle a little over a year ago and enjoy the time on the road but still get nervous on corners and winding roads. All this has consumed my mind and I get locked mentally into this dark hole and worry if I will get through it.

I was brought up Baptist and haven't been to church in a couple of years and kinda shut God out. I have started journaling again, which does help to get things off my mind and off my chest but I'm still consumed with fear and worry and it has caused some of my close friends to back away due to frustration in trying to help me. Your story reminded me where I can truly find my strength - letting God back into my life. Thank you and I'm hoping to get my life back - God willing.

Colleen
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Editor Response
Colleen,
Thanks for sharing where you are so honestly and openly. Our journey with God is full of ups and downs, but hopefully it's more like taking two steps forward and one step back. The step back is when we learn and grow.

More readers tell me that they found my Everyday Miracles columns at just the right time. I believe God puts a certain topic on my heart at just the right time for just the right people to read it. I'm glad you were a part of what I believe is an everyday miracle, being in the right place at the right time by reading what as meant for you this day.

I will keep you in my prayers that the light finds its way back into your heart.
Blessings, Genevieve Schmitt
I really liked your article, thank you. Along with all the grounding exercises you mentioned, I ask myself, will this matter in one day? A week? A month? A year? If not, why use the energy?

Everyone has a journey; everyone has a lesson to learn. Maybe, it was their lesson, or maybe, just maybe, I learned something.

Eyes and ears open, open heart. Mouth open can be just noise; be mindful of what others are hearing.

I wish you a beautiful journey and I enjoy enjoy reading your experiences.

Spurz
Reno, NV
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for your feedback Spurz. Wonderful, beautiful thoughts.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
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