Your Commentator, Walt Lindala

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio, Inc.) – Sometimes things happen in this world that don’t always make sense.  They leave you confused and lost.  You step back and wonder, “What just happened?  Why did it happen to me?”  Then something else happens and it all becomes clear as Lake Superior.

That happened to me this week right here at the radio station.

I’m not going to get into the details, but suffice it to say I was challenged to my very core to maintain my composure and resist the strong temptation to lash out in retaliatory attack.  I swallowed hard and kept my cool and moved on.  My colleagues commented to me later that they were very impressed with my ability to keep my cool and not make a rash move.

As time continued on, though,  it started to bother me privately that I had not fought back.  It really sat in my craw and ate away at me.   I WANTED to fight.  I WANTED to lash out.  The anger was beginning to really overtake everything else on my mind.  I was getting pretty ornery inside.

But then, something else happened.

I went on facebook earlier today and got a posting from one of my friends that read as follows:

Proverbs 29:11 declares, “A fool gives FULL VENT TO HIS ANGER, but a WISE MAN keeps HIMSELF UNDER CONTROL.”

Author Unknown, “Anger is one letter short of danger.”

Another Unknown, “The best times to keep your mouth shut are when you’re swimming and when you’re angry.”

Another, “An angry man is full of poison.”

BL…Whatever or whoever angers you, conquers you!

Love is Patient and kind! — Chris D’Amico

It was totally unsolicited and was simply a posting from a friend who knew nothing about my situation, but I needed it.  As I read those words, I felt the anger rush out of me and a feeling of peace and strength replaced it.

I listened, learned and grew.  That was truly a happy accident.

I now know that by maintaining my composure and not losing my cool, I became the better man, the winner and the one who succeeded.  I focused my energy on positive actions and moved ahead.

Short, quick and thoughtless words hurt me and angered me in the first place, but other unexpected and important, eloquent words healed me.

If you feel beat down by anger or resentment, let it go.  If negative energy is running your life, stop and drop it.  Don’t give it the power.  Don’t give in.  Clear your head, find your center and focus on positivity.

If you can’t find it where you are at, then take the steps to make the changes you need to find your peace.  It may not be easy at first, but I know it’s worth it.

-Walt Lindala