When I come across people like Angry Man, over the years I have learned that the best way to deal with them is to pray for them. When I pray for someone, my attitude towards the individual changes. As I've prayed for AM, I've become aware of some of the pain and stress in his life. I understand why he is so angry, and why he feels the need to control something. Recognizing his pain, I can have more compassion and avoid responding with anger and defensiveness. This ability is a gift from God, not something I can do on my own.
Today I had a very crazy day scheduled. Two gifts eased the stress considerably: 1. Daughter woke up this morning complaining of not feeling well and asked to stay home. I could have convinced her to go to the workshop, but decided to view this as the gift of 40 minutes, since it meant I didn't have to go to Town to pick her up before taking her to an appointment with her diabetes doctor in the opposite direction. 2. The people I was planning to visit had forgotten another commitment. I'll get back with them next week. That freed up even more time, which I am using on sermon preparation.