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The Boomerang Effect


Minor aggravations are a bummer. Major aggravations are the pits. How we respond to our aggravations is the question. As I was recently reminded, our responses are noticed by those around us. The story is an old one. I burned dinner. Not badly, but I was definitely aggravated. After prepping the dish for around an hour, I turned the burner to simmer and went outside to enjoy the weather. While I was outside, a problem was developing inside. (Oops, I did it again <sigh>) You see, my stove top burner has an option for a large or a small burner, all on the same dial. You guessed it. I had inadvertently set the large burner on high and instead of simmering away, it was boiling away. When I returned to give it a quick stir, I suddenly realized my problem. Everything had stuck to the bottom, resulting in a nice even char. <sigh> As I struggled to salvage my meal, I made noises of aggravation towards myself with Ughs and Sighs loud enough to attract the attention of the household. Yes, it was accidental and I understood that, yet I was still venting my frustration. Under my breath, or so I thought, but it was actually loud enough to be heard. Without words (maybe), but I was verbalizing my frustration all the same. Apologies were in order and offered. Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭MSG‬‬ “Don’t be quick to fly off the handle. Anger boomerangs. You can spot a fool by the lumps on his head.” When I found this verse it made me laugh. It’s so very true. We can cause all kinds of problems when we let our frustrations and aggravations get the best of us. Frustration can lead to the boomerang effect, a chain reaction of anger that really wasn’t called for in the first place, and that anger has a way of boomeranging its way all over the place. We get snappy with our words, and our words hit the next person and Ouch! That left a mark! It’s up to us to stop the chain reaction before it’s in full blown boomerang mode. Stop, drop and roll works for aggravations too. Stop the process by dropping the attitude and rolling back the anger. By the way, the meal was salvaged. The majority of charring was easily removed, and the reminder gave it an unexpected favor bonus. God makes all things work together for good, and it turned out great. <cheesy grin>

#Encouragement #Anger #Frustration

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