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Temper Tales February 12, 2016

Posted by simarp in : Health , trackback

Temper is important only as long as it manages its tail and doesn’t become a tale in itself. My this post is all about Tempers which flew high and for years, there are a few tales to be told.

Story 1. Year 1992. Work place. A programmer kept on messing up with a critical routine and finally rolled out a patched up routine and the beta run failed. I lost my shirt, he was standing, I was sitting and firing him left, right and center. Suddenly a colleague shouted “STOP IT”, he was standing in a pool of his own urine. That was my first course correction on holding my temper by its tail. Also left pulling up colleagues so hard, opted for letting them go.

Story 2. Year 1995. Road Rage. A red color Maruti 800, being driven extremely rash, hit me twice in less than a minute. I lost it but not completely. I overtook him, made him stop and went to talk to him, the guy was mighty aggressive and became abusive, specially cursing me for being a Sikh and how little intelligence was expected of me anyway. At that stage, I lost it completely. I was out of car, he was in the driver’s seat. I caught hold of his head from his hairs and brought his neck in-line with the window pane and started pressing hard. My co-passenger shouted, leave him, he will die, I realized, woke up, left him. Also left road rage forever.

Story 3. Year  2011. LA Airport. I was standing in a queue at LA Airport for reissue  of boarding card, the man ahead of me suddenly turned, spilling my coffee over his just issued boarding card and screamed at me. He screamed harder, shouted all bizarre nothings, racial abuses and all. I lost it completely. I raised my hand for a full blown slap, and suddenly someone out of blue, held my hand and I heard “Cool down, he is not worth missing your flight for”. This stranger paid for my coffee, sat with me, till I was back to being myself. Have started keeping a two feet distance while in a queue in the US and tell myself, beating down someone is not an option.

Temper is important but only as long as you can control it by its tail. The minute the tail is out of control, game is over. Live the game, hold on to the tail.

 

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