The Anger Trilogy

I recently experienced the powerful grip of Anger in a trivial yet insightful incident - which I would share now in 3 parts which seems to be an interesting way of characterising the stages of Anger:

Part 1: The Trigger

On that fateful day at 5:42pm, I ran as fast as I could from my office to the bus-stop to catch the shuttle bus scheduled to arrive at 5:45pm. I had to skip the restroom despite receiving an urgent Nature's call because the bus usually arrives punctually.

I reached the bus-stop at 5:45pm sharp. There was no bus in sight. I gave a triumphant sigh of relief.

5:46pm: no bus in sight...

5:47pm: no bus in sight...

5:48pm: no bus in sight - I became slightly concerned that I could have missed the bus or it missed its schedule - previously, there were a couple of times when the driver simply skived (or at least I assumed he did when the bus didn't arrive)...

5:49pm: still no bus in sight! - I began the transformation into the "Incredible Hulk"...

Part 2: The Seizure

5:50pm: My transformation was complete. I was no longer in control...

5:51 - 5:58pm: I paced around the bus-stop like a madman with the words "I am really pissed, you better don't come near me" written all over my face. My mind was filled with nothing but thoughts of how to make an official complaint, how to get even with the irresponsible driver who caused me to waste my precious time!

5:59pm: I spotted the bus from a distance - it was arriving at its next scheduled time of 6pm. I quickly rehearsed my get-even script in my mind and when the bus stopped and its door opened, I got on to it and rattled off my script at breakneck speed... it mattered not that the driver was not the one scheduled to come at 5:45pm, it mattered not that the driver tried his best to explain, I kept at it until all my "ammunition" was used up...

Part 3: The Regret

6:01pm: After unleashing hell, I began the transformation back to nice "Bruce Banner".

6:02pm: I regained my composure...

6:03pm: I began to realise how senseless I was a moment ago, and how nasty I was when lashing out at the innocent driver:(

6:04pm: I realised that in my anger, I had also missed out an opportunity to help some people at the bus-stop; a guy and a lady were wondering about when the shuttle bus would come and how much they had to pay because they were new in the area. I noticed them but just couldn't bring out my usual friendly self from the monster...


Well, the above Trilogy wasn't original - it happened to me several times when Anger overwhelmed me but I was inspired to blog it this time round.

Here's a take-home message: you gotta stop Anger at the onset of Part 1 to prevent another tragic trilogy... check out anger management tips here!

"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." (Proverbs 29:11)

"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment." (
Matthew 5:21-22)

"But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." (Colossians 3:8)


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