There are times when our emotions get the better of us and those are the times when we more likely do things that we will later regret. If we can control our emotions and not let them get the better of us, we will be living more productive, successful and happier lives.
Here are some quotes from successful people in this world.
“If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money.” – Warren Buffett
“Self-control is strength. Calmness is mastery. You have to get to a point where your mood doesn’t shift based on the insignificant actions of someone else. Don’t allow others to control the direction of your life. Don’t allows your emotion to overpower your intelligence.” – Morgan Freeman
We must realize that we are in control of our emotions and ultimately, we can get all our thoughts, actions and emotions in control through constant practice.
Here is a beautiful example from our role model, Muhammad ﷺ.
Al-Bukhaari (5225) narrated that Anas said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was with one of his wives, when one of the Mothers of the Believers sent a bowl in which there was some food. The one in whose house the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was struck the hand of the servant, and the bowl fell and broke. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) picked up the pieces of the bowl, then he began to collect the food that was in it, and said, “Your mother got jealous.” Then he made the servant wait until the bowl belonging to the one in whose house he was, was brought. He gave the intact bowl to the one whose bowl had been broken, and he kept the broken bowl in the house of the one who had broken it.
This probably would create such a big fight if something similar were to happen in most homes these days. Yet, look how the Prophet ﷺ reacted. He was in total control of the situation and in fact cleaned up the broken pieces of the bowl.
“And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” Qur’an 68:4
What the Prophet ﷺ did is extremely hard to do when we imagine ourselves in that situation. But isn’t he our role model? Aren’t we trying to emulate him in all aspects? We should try and keep trying until we inshaAllah improve ourselves and not react in haste.