Keep Your Cool // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Here’s a fantastic hunting story about the baseball great, Mickey Mantle. I’ve done a bit of research on it — and still can’t vouch for it’s historical accuracy — but it is a great tale nevertheless!

Mickey said that he was out hunting in the 1960’s one day with Billy Martin. They had acquired permission to hunt on a farm. When Mickey went to the farmhouse door, the farmer made a special request.

“I have an old mule in my barn that’s really sick,” said the farmer, “and I’m wondering if you would be willing to put the poor thing out of its misery. (Since you have a gun and all.)”

Mickey agreed to help the farmer — but on his way back to the truck where Martin was waiting, he hatched up a practical joke.

Storming into the truck, Mickey growled, “That blankety-blank changed his mind! He won’t let us hunt on his property after all! I think we ought to teach him a lesson! I’m going to shoot his mule!”

Mantle screeched to a halt at the barn door, snatched his gun, and dispatched the ailing beast.

Then, to his surprise, he heard gunshots from outside the barn. Blam! Blam!

Martin came into the barn and said triumphantly, “I got a couple of his cows, too!”

Oops.

When unhealthy anger takes over, bad things happen.

It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and do (or say) things we regret. There’s a bit of Billy Martin in all of us sometimes.

When tempted to erupt, please consider the following:

1) Many things are opened by mistake — but none so often as the mouth.
2) A shut mouth gathers no foot.
3) Anger, like a fire, becomes destructive when it gets out of control.
4) Mad decisions are bad decisions.
5) An angry man is seldom reasonable and a reasonable man is seldom angry.
6) You are as big as what it takes to make you angry.
7) Some folks are like buttons — popping off at the wrong time!
8) If you fly into a rage, you will make a bad landing.
9) Anger is only one letter from danger.

So — the next time you’re tempted to hit the roof, remember to keep your cool and don’t be a fool.

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