Three weeks ago I was mad.
Mad at everything for no reason whatosever.
Hormonal day, they call it.
I just wanted to fight and say ugly things to the first person that could give a reason for it.
Angry. Angry. Angry.
I begged God to help me because, really, I had no desire in me to pretend I was happy.
You know, there are moments when you can hide your feelings and fake your smile, but that day I had no energy for it.
“What a way to start the month”, I thought.
I went to the bathroom, cried to God for a miracle that improved my horrible mood.
But nothing happened… right away.
Minutes later, someome asked me for help. I reluctantly agreed, even though I had promised myself not to say a word to another human being for the rest of the day.
When we finished, I was walking away when the person told me: “thank you, Natacha, I’m always learning from you”.
C’mon, don’t be nice to me when I want to slap everyone, including you!
Let’s have a fight! Don’t let me down by being so sweet!
I didn’t deserve a compliment! I didn’t deserve anyone treating me well. I just wanted to punch them in the eye.
Then, my moody day was completely ruined because I sincerely smiled at the moment.
That person said something good to me and, somehow, it did make me feel better.
I won’t say I began to dance around the hall because, you know, I’m flesh and blood and this is real life, but it helped.
Suddenly, I remembered a proverb in the Bible that says:
A gentle answer turns away wrath
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
It does. I was there when it happened.
And now that I’m feeling better the question for me is clear:
Who could I give a gentle answer to?
Who could you?
That person that is angry today?
Maybe she only needs some love and a word of encouragement to make his day a lot better.
I’m in the hopes we are the ones God uses to turn away some wrath from people around us and make them smile, for real.
“Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”
and I bet he’s right.