Many people never see my anger, and would be surprised to hear that I have an anger problem. There are two groups of people who tend to see my angry outbursts. Unfortunately, one is my family. I will never understand how I can hurt the ones who love me most. The other group is incompetent clerks (think Wal-Mart and McDonalds!)
Yesterday I had the opportunity to see if God's word is taking root. After our date last night, we stopped at Wal-Mart for a few things. This Wal-Mart is notorious for having a problem with their card readers. I found one that didn't have an out of order sign and waited in the long line for my one gallon of milk. When I got to the front and handed the clerk my card, she told me her reader didn't work. ??Why no sign??? I found a supervisor. Normally I would have been quite upset. I was angry, but I didn't react as loudly as normally. And I calmed myself quite quickly. I asked (nicely, I think) if they could make sure they put up signs on registers that don't have working card readers. (This is an on-going problem.)
As I was walking out, I started chewing on, "A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control". I did give some vent, but not full vent, and I think I kept myself under control. I still have a long way to go, but it was a great start!