I’ve written a few times about the value of letting go of anger.

I’ve told stories of people I know who lost their money to the Madoff scam and people I know who had anger over terrible customer service experiences (I’ve had anger about that kind of thing for sure!).

I’ve also shared quotes from well-known people such as this one from Nelson Mandela upon his release after unjustly serving 27 years in prison: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

Letting go of anger seems like a very Buddhist thing to do and I recently came upon this excellent Buddhist saying on the ineffectiveness of anger: “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else — you are the one who gets burned.”

Are you holding onto a hot coal and burning yourself? If so, I hope you can let it go.

Be well,