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What We’re Following Today May 21, 2020

Anger Fixes

Lisa Bendall wrote about ways to address anger in her article in Reader’s Digest. If you’re like me, you know that anger is one of your weak points, and if you’re like me you often wear it on your sleeve. Sure you may be able to handle it most of the time, but most people know when you are about to lose it a bit...

Fortunately they say internalizing is just as bad as over expressing it. But if we do deal with anger issues, we always should look for tips on how to better express and process it. I do believe it’s healthy to let it out from time to time, and I actually want my little kids to know they can push me to a limit...but where I feel bad is when that timeframe between laying down the hammer gets shorter and shorter...starts with lesser issues, etc.

I found this article healthy in putting some of the health risks associated with anger issues as well as some tips for helping to deal with it more effectively.

Hammurabi’s Code of Law

Concepts like an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth go back even further than Hammurabis code. But if you have an affinity for history, this might be a cool article on for you to enjoy.

It is interesting to look at how serious certain offenses could be “including” bearing false witness or bringing up charges against someone without sufficient proof. Unfortunately it also shows the clear skews in justice for those with status of wealth (still things we see today, but the gravity is much less...). For example if a wealthy noble killed a lesser slave or non-citizen, they opened themselves up to a fine versus the death penalty for those of lower status killing someone of higher status.

But the other thing that is interesting about looking at our collective history is to try and live in their shoes. There are no cameras, no DNA forensics, etc. So in order to maintain order or sorts there likely had to be VERY large incentives to tell the truth or refrain from breaking the law. From a generational perspective, it was good to see the importance of respect for parents ;)

Tissue Paper Art

I tried this today - not as successful as the video but I definitely want to try again...but if you’re looking for a cool card idea for loved ones, try this out - colored tissue paper, card stock and a white crayon. Hopefully round II will work out better...

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