I’ve learned over the past 25 years or so that life, because of the fluctuations of the human condition, can harbor the ultimate contradictions within the same physical environments, even on the same day. It can be monotonous, mundane, slow and seemingly peaceful. And yes, on that very same day, it can be uneasy, anxious, dangerous and completely unsettling. Sort of like the prison environment, things can change in an instant. These hazardous environmental transitions make it even more important to keep your mind focused on your mission, goals and objectives. The only way to do that is to learn to let it go!
That’s right! Let it go! No matter what happens. While in prison I had to learn this on a daily basis. No matter what happened, i.e. the corrections officer disrespects you in a horrible way, inmates fighting, terrible food with no nutritional value, stress from family, friends and enemies, and of course, the slow agony of being locked up.
Unfortunately, the prison environment is not restricted to the walls of any one correctional facility. So many of us find ourselves feeling completely trapped by the circumstances of our own lives. We fight, cuss, cry, argue, and even develop a serious case of self-pity. “Nobody loves me!” “Nobody cares!” “Why won’t ‘they’ leave me alone?” Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.
The only real solution is to let it go!
The way I’ve learned to let it go is by killing it within my spirit. Sometimes, this process is very tough. There are some circumstances that force you to call on every part of your spiritual being to make it through. Some people are just crazy, mean and completely disrespectful. Jesus! There are some folks that tend to dance, hell, break dance on that last nerve that my mother always referred too. But…I digress!
Excuse me. It’s not easy. I’m just saying!
There is no way to negotiate or manage some emotions. The whole concept of anger management is a crock. I absolutely don’t believe that you can manage anger. Don’t play with it. Negotiate with it. You must kill it. The bible says in the book of Colossians, Chapter 3 “So put to death the evil desire lurking in your members…!” KILL IT! The bible said it, not me.
It’s really quite simple. All of us are guided by either faith or fear. Both are the expectation of an event that hasn’t come to pass or the belief in something that cannot be seen or touched. Faith comes from the inner man or woman. Fear comes from the mind. Which one guides your everyday actions? Fear drives anger, gossip, envy, rage, bitterness, slander, divisiveness, etc. All of that emotion kills your faith.
Knowledge, not emotionalism, is the key to winning in the midst of the trials and difficulties of life. Your mind will play the most important role in your victory or defeat.
You cannot have a positive life, and a negative mind. Stop being so darn negative. Quit hatin!
The enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy you. If you aggressively strike first, you will be fine. Self-Defense!