May 21

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​Practice Makes Peace


People are born with the ability to move but must be taught how to dance. Likewise, we are given the gift of anger but must learn how to use it to our advantage. Think of situations that trigger your temper. In your mind, rehearse the strategies below and use any mad moments as opportunities to practice peaceful power. Your initial awkward responses will become automatic the more you apply the following techniques:

BETRAYAL, JEALOUSY, AND OTHER WOUNDS

COMPLAINTS

LAZINESS, NEGLIGENCE, AND UNFAIRNESS

For more information about any of these areas, see Tongue Fu by Sam Horn (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1996, www.samhorn.com; When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Manuel Smith (Bantam Books, 1973); or How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies by Kate Cohen-Posey (Rainbow Books, 1995).

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