“You need to simmer down, Bruno,” the group leader, Ted, said.
Bruno looked around at the six others, their chairs arranged in a semicircle around Ted. “Yeah, right. Okay,” he said and sat back down in the folding chair.
“You’re all here because you’re having trouble controlling your impulses. You let your anger rage in destructive ways,” Ted said. “Life doesn’t always go the way you’d like it to. People don’t always behave the way you want them to.”
“But you’re saying that we need to behave the way other people want us to behave,” Bruno objected.
“Not exactly,” Ted responded. “I want you to behave in a way that does not threaten others or yourself.”
“That’s easy for you to say,” said Steve, one of the other members of the anger management group. “But how are we supposed to do that?”
“There are steps you can take,” Ted answered. “First, you need to recognize your anger signs. Your heart beats faster and you breathe more quickly, preparing you for action. When your body starts to react that way, count to ten and breathe slowly. And, if possible, avoid situations that cause you to get angry in the first place.”
“What really makes me angry is our president and what he’s doing to this great country of ours,” said Bruno. “It gets me so mad. I actually threw my remote at the TV last week.”
Ted looked at his watch. “Our time is just about up for today, but I have an idea for next week’s meeting. Let’s meet on Wednesday. That day, November 8th, marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election.” Ted continued, “I just read an article that said that thousands of Americans will commemorate that day by doing some primal screaming and hollering into the sky. It should be very cathartic, Bruno, and less destructive than throwing things.”
Most of the participants started to smile. “Well, I suppose that might make feel a bit better,” Bruno said.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “simmer.”