• In Quincy, Massachusetts a couple throws coins and cones at a McDonald’s cashier when they’re given an order of small fries instead of large fries.
• NORWELL — Authorities say a couple, upset over the slowness of their Kentucky Fried Chicken order, assaulted a man who asked them to stop yelling profanities for the sake of children in line. (Boston Herald.com)
What is going on? If you cannot control your anger when something as minor as a mistaken or slow order happens, you need help. I totally understand the frustration of waiting. I also get the let down and annoyance of someone giving you a totally wrong order. What is not okay, however, is allowing these annoyances to send you into a rage.
Becoming verbally or physically abusive in response to minor irritations such as those above is a huge red flag that you need help. If you cannot contain yourself in public, then your anger is out of control. Seek help—for your sake and the sake of those around you.
It cannot feel good to be on the edge all the time. Life truly should not be that stressful. If you find yourself getting easily annoyed, frequently triggered and repeatedly blowing up at people, then something’s wrong. Get to a psychiatrist and get help for your anger.
Constantly over-reacting isn’t good for your heart, mind or spirit. This is true even if this is how you’ve always been or if everyone around you reacts the same way. Being a ticking time bomb is a bummer to be around. It’s not safe and it’s scary. People don’t like having to tip-toe around others. Eventually, walking time bombs get left, get thrown in jail, or end up bitter, angry and miserable.
Do yourself a favor and address your anger. It will be the best gift you ever gave yourself. You deserve to have a happier, less violent and stressful life. Your loved ones do as well.
CHALLENGE: If you struggle with anger issues, get help. Call a psychiatrist and get evaluated for medication if necessary. Start talking to a therapist. Commit to removing violence from your life. If you’re involved with someone who has anger issues, stop tip-toeing around their anger and instead set limits.