We are in the "dog days" of summer when the temperature tries even the most mild of persons. My own gentle soul (picture my husband rolling his eyes at this) does not tolerate the heat well. And then I remember that I live in the comfort of an air-conditioned home, travel in the luxury of an air-conditioned car, and shop in air-conditioned stores.
Air-conditioning is a boon to those of us who melt in the heat and those who live with those of us who melt in the heat. I've noticed that when temperatures rise, frequently tempers do as well. When the Father created our human natures, He expected us to learn control.
Too often, I witness individuals (myself included) who fail to exercise control of their tempers. Road rage, a fairly recent term, has been coined to describe those who allow their anger at other drivers to escalate to unreasonable proportions.
When did we, as a society, decide that it was acceptable to take our anger to such extremes? In earlier posts, I've written about poor manners. Is not the expression of such anger just an extension of bad manners? Yet such behavior is not only tolerated but rewarded when celebrities and other public figures exhibit it.
Thankfully, there are still those who treat others with kindness and respect.
So, for today, I am grateful for air-conditioning. I am always grateful for people who return rudeness with civility.