Two goals of my life are to let go of my ego (pride) and have none, and to love no matter what is encountered. Any form of anger or anything that causes me to consider myself is pride. (“How dare they do that to ME.”) It’s not about me but them.
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”
The principle to give ‘an eye for an eye’ is the natural man or the lower self. (Revenge. Stick it to ’em. Whatever you do to me I’ll do back to you.) This principle has no mercy, compassion or love because it’s pure selfishness. The principle to ‘resist not evil’ is the Golden Rule and the best self. (I’ll face whatever happens and know it’s there, and I’ll let it go without getting angry. It is what it is and even if I don’t like it it’s there and I won’t let it distract or stop me from reaching my goal.) This principle is harder to live because it takes effort to be kind when wanting to lash out, but every time when letting it go the good attributes in my character grow.
The peaceable things of the kingdom don’t include anger, and the Prince of Peace (my mentor) has no ego.