Self Control When You Least Expect It
In the movie, A Fish Called Wanda, one of the characters had a phrase he’d use whenever things would go horribly wrong, like when his key to the safety deposit box with all the loot broke in the lock.
You’d expect him to start breaking things, shooting or cursing but this fellow would say in a long-drawn out fashion, “Dis-a-point-ment.” It was hilarious because it demonstrated another way of reacting beyond the rage we’re used to seeing.
Try it sometime. When you’re running late and everything is going wrong; every light is red, there’s a traffic jam, and you just broke the heel of your shoe, say out loud in your most serious voice, and say it like you mean it, “Dis-a-point-ment.” You may still feel angry and frustrated but wouldn’t that be better than screaming at the world and at yourself?