Recycling Anger


It has been my practice over the years to take notes from interesting books and tuck them away for future reference after gleaning the wisdom of the moment. The other day it was something from “Your Call is Waiting”. Today it is a passage from The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. And it is simply this: “…I have a great respect for the kinds of people who are able to recycle their anger and put it to different uses.”

How timely given what’s going on in the world today. So as the saying goes, ‘take a page from that book’ (page 124). Imagine if we all recycled our anger into peace and reconciliation…we could then sing along with Louis Armstrong, “what a wonderful world”.

Thank you, Sidney, for another life lesson.

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (Oprah's Book Club)

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5 thoughts on “Recycling Anger

  1. I think it would be a great idea if you were appointed to Donald’s transition team, I wonder if Donald would step aside to make room for you? Chuckle chuckle, great thought anger never gets the job done without creating additional problems. Anger + patience transforms the outcome.

  2. I read this book about 5 years ago and loved it. I think of his poor mother breaking rocks into gravel that she could sell, in order to pay the bills and take care of her family. That’s dedication. Hope you are well.

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