New Year’s Eve

Welcome to the last blogpost of this year on MsAprilShowers.com! So, it has been just over a year since I began blogging on this site…

I have to say that in that time I have enjoyed myself immensely and would like to say thank you to all my readers who have enjoyed my blogposts. As my readership has grown and this is my 126th post, I feel renewed and rejuvenated to continue into another successful year of blogging about the mind, body and soul.

On reflection of the Year gone by (has it really gone that fast? Where was I?) I can say that this indeed was a wonderful and fulfilling year for me – on all accounts! But I know that next year will be even better as I look forward to even better things to come…

I end the post in tribute to the late Nelson Mandela and in his words:

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got up again.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quote - Do Not Judge

Nelson Mandela Quote – Do Not Judge

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In more of his words of encouragement:

“There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela  

There is no Passion - Nelson Mandela Quote

There is no Passion – Nelson Mandela Quote

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So Happy New Year to All my Readers and enjoy the rest of your wonderful holidays as I wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year as you enjoy reading more posts dedicated to the Mind, Body and Soul.

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Overcoming Wrath as One of the Seven Deadly Sins

In the main blog post, Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins, Wrath is the fifth deadly sin and is described as thus: 

5. Wrath
Latin: Ira, Animal: Bear, Colour: Red
The desire to hurt someone is known as wrath. It differs from anger in that it is a deeper desire to cause pain whereas anger is sudden burst of rebellion which calms down.

Wrath as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

Wrath as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

So what exactly is WRATH?

In Dante’s words Wrath is “love of justice perverted to revenge and spite”. Wrath is a strong form of anger and hatred. It is a strong desire or wish to harm other people and extends beyond a call to justice. Wrath is so strong that it is actually at the heart of many unjust plots of revenge which end up seriously harming other people and even extend to murder.

Various Definitions of Wrath:

  • From the Latin word Ira
  • It is a deep type of rage, bordering on evil
  • Wrath is much stronger than anger
  • This emotion is a desire to seek revenge
  • Concerned with a deep sense of righteousness

Why is Wrath classed as a Sin and by Whom?

In Christianity, wrath has been distinguished as a sin because it causes an individual to seek unfair revenge on other people, causing destruction and pain. Wrath not only harms others but when the passion of the individual calms it causes the individual to usually feel regret as their actions may have been taken too far.

Wrath compared to other Emotions:

Although wrath is in effect a form of anger, it differs in that it goes beyond just feeling angry. It is the desire to seek revenge to actively cause destruction and mayhem in another person’s life. It can end ultimately in murder if it remains unchecked. Anger eventually calms down whereas wrath is the continuation or a way of plotting an ultimately cruel and evil revenge. Wrath is an active way of seeking to harm other people without a care as to the consequences. It is a warped type of desire resulting in unjust behaviour.

Overcoming Wrath: 

  • How can you tell you are experiencing wrath? You can distinguish between anger and wrath by asking yourself if your anger is justified. Even though your anger maybe justifiable, think about whether the punishment you are thinking of dishing out is a justified way of retaliating? Does the desire to seek revenge overtake your natural way of thought? Also think about the end result of what you are about to undertake.
  • Wrath runs far deeper than simply being annoyed at another person. It seeks to punish severely the person who has wronged you in whatever it is they have done. It takes a big heart to understand the viewpoint of another person. Simply questioning the desire to punish others is one of the first steps towards controlling the desire to seek revenge.
  • The feeling of wrath can actually be directed inwardly at yourself instead of another individual. So you need to address this problem as well. In some cases people experiencing wrath can cause self-harm. In such cases wrath is more harmful to the self than to others. This becomes self-destructive behaviour.
  • If you feel a strong desire to harm someone, focus on what would happen realistically if you were to carry out the evil act. Really think about the consequences. Chances are you will realise that your thoughts have become unrealistic and you are acting on a whim. Picture an alternative scene.
  • Focus on forgiveness and the benefits of this instead of the sweet taste of revenge. After all revenge is a temporary measure and forgiveness is a long term solution. You remain a prisoner until you let go. Focus on the freedom of letting go of the desire to seek revenge.
  • Do other things to empower yourself as this will help you to let go of the desire to seek revenge. When you feel empowered you reduce the chances of focusing on your feelings of frustration and powerlessness, which cause the feeling of wrath in the first place.

The Seven Deadly Sins Series

This begins with “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins

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The Importance of Family

Meaning of Family

Meaning of Family

Meaning of Family:

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

 – Mother Teresa

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It’s inevitably that time of year yet again when family relations come to play and to the forefront. You may have successfully avoided many of your family members but now is the time you either look forward to seeing them, (remember that weird aunt that you have often wondered about where exactly her genes come from?)

But look closely and those ears and nose are probably a close a close match with your dad’s right? Wasn’t she also the one everyone claimed you looked like when you were a baby? – Though goodness only knows why people would make this ridiculous claim when secretly you know for sure that you resemble someone much more beautiful! Perhaps this claim makes that weird aunt feel part of the family – maybe…

Then there’s mum’s side – her lot keep turning up even though mum never quite invites them! And it’s the same old story every year because both families never really gelled to begin with…..Never mind – it’s all part of the art of getting the family together isn’t it?

This time of year can really get too much – but you try just as you did last year and the year before that! Being part of a family group is so much more powerful than you can imagine. You may take your family for granted but imagine your life without any one of their influence and you will be amazed at the impact they actually have on you.

My Family

My Family – Image Source – www.favimages.net

So what is family and what does it comprise of?

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”   – Alex Haley

The nucleus family consists of the mother, father and their children. The extended family includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. You can’t quite live with them but life would be incomplete without them!

Of course in modern times, the traditional notion of this type of family is challenged and now families come in all shapes and sizes which is a whole different story in itself to say the least.

Families are increasingly being made up of stepparents as well as biological parents, which brings along it step brothers and sisters. There are also other complications that modern families can bring.

But all in all, we need a family for support, love and comfort. They are there for us during our trials and tribulations. We can be our true selves with our family whatever they are compiled of.

Because we are allowed to show our negative side to the family, perhaps this is why we end up having many clashes with the very people who love and support us the most – and I am not referring to abnormal families before many of you raise a reasonable objection with the complaint that I do not know how badly they have been treated at the hands of their family! I refer to the average family who love each other despite their ups and downs.

Remember these people are there for you when you need them the most so be kind, caring, understanding and loving to those you call family. Give them that special treatment they deserve. Be there for them as much as you can and you will find that they are there for you too. Take time and appreciate each other and enjoy the company of the family.

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