In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
We all get angry from time to time. A task isn’t completed as we would have expected, a situation seems insurmountable, and the tension builds. Perhaps a key customer, or even your spouse,is angry.
When this happens, be wary of blowing things out of proportion. Very few decisions, actions, or issues are truly catastrophic. Don’t elevate them to that level through your own response. Ask yourself why it feels so important, and if that is valid. Be mindful and realistic about the worst-case outcome. Think about what the situation will look like in hindsight a year from now. Will you even remember it? Can it be turned into a positive mentoring or learning opportunity for you, your team, or your family?
Count to ten. Just chill.