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Response to Anger

Sometimes, life presents moments that will leave a deep impression on us.

For me, one of those moments happened on the day I was consumed by anger and resentment with the unfairness of life.

I was walking from the Bay at Queen towards my office, going through the Queen subway station. As I entered the subway station, I heard violin music.

An old gentleman was playing his violin in the middle of the tunnel.

I fished for some loose change in my pocket, and drop it in his violin case, and went on, still consumed with my angry thoughts and resentment.

But his music became more spirited, and it stopped me in my tracks.

Something stirred in me.

I don’t know what made me take my wallet out, and fished for a note.

I walked back to him, and gave him the money.

The smile across his face… the way his eyes light up… that moment reached deep into me and pulled the humanity out of me.

And as I walked away, his music came back on, and it was very lively. And I turned back to look at him, and he was waving at me, and pointing to his violin. He was playing that music for me.

I walked away, appeased, and more at peace.

Connectedness with another, loving kindness for another being… that is the antidote to the sadness, anger, and resentment at the unfairness life sometimes throw at you.

Life can be a bitch sometimes. But we don’t have to succumb to it.

We will get out of life what we decide to put into it.

So, dear life, give me all you got. Because I will give you all I have too.

Till the next time I muse.

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