Let it go

Rachid - New Rochelle, New York
Entered on August 28, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Letting It Go

I haven’t always been a pacifist, but I’ve never been happier. As a child and teenager I had a short temper and would boil over with rage from the slightest annoyance; but, as I grew I thought more deeply into what my anger got me. I realized I had lost friends, gained enemies, and my health was suffering, so I decided to make a change. I avoided conflict at all cost and when it arose I would stay away from it, and my health, happiness, and social life improved. Anger is a disease that affects the body, the mind, and is highly contagious.

I know what it feels like to be angry, and I don’t like it. I felt sad, lonely, and frustrated. I don’t want to make anyone else feel this way, because they will take it out on someone else, and spread the hate. One morning I came outside of my house and walked to my car and found that someone had cracked eggs all over it. I was disappointed that someone would do something like that just to create anger, but I knew that if I got mad it would only result in me angering another person. By repressing my anger, I allowed everyone else I encountered to have a little better of a day.

Anger is the poison that is killing the world. It makes people physically and mentally unwell. An angry mind is closed to all things but anger, and when the rage builds up only bad will come of it, and the hate will spread. The key to a successful life is remaining happy and calm.