Date: October 31, 2014 Author: Len Corcoran
BLESSED ARE THEY WHO MOURN, FOR THEY WILL BE COMFORTED (Matthew 5:4) Part 3
DEALING WITH RAGE
As one of my Knights of Columbus meetings in Athens, Georgia, I gave a talk on “turning the other cheek”. After the meeting, a member came up to me and related his experience of working for a rage-a-holic supervisor. As soon as he saw her coming , he would swallow and dig in. He asked me what he should do. I shared this Beatitude with him – but only a brief explanation.
A week later, at a project we were working on, he came running over to me and said, “You won’t believe what happened. I saw her coming at me, so I did what you said. I relaxed, smiled, and analyzed her emotion. She came up to me. Stopped – and quivered! Then, she turned and left.”
Another week later, we were together again – and he eagerly sought me out. “I just can’t believe what’s happening. “ he said. “The other day, she came up to me and screamed an assignment at me.” I said, “Ok.” She said, “Aren’t you going to argue with me?” I said, “No, you’re the boss – but I do have a suggestion, if you want to hear it.” She said, “Ok, what is it?” I told her and she said, “I like it. Let’s do it.”
The next time I saw him, she had signed him up for leadership training. The base was closing in a few years, so she began to get him interviews at other bases – finally getting him an interview and a job at the top location, with a significant increase in pay.
Jesus’ way works!