Feb. 28: No Tempers in Thailand

A travel magazine offered this tip about what not to bring on a trip to Thailand—your temper.  In fact, Thais consider such emotional wrath to be a form of insanity.

The culture in this Asian nation instead celebrates jai yen, the art of keeping a “cool heart,” and that means keeping your anger in check no matter the circumstances.

What’s the secret for such a serene demeanor?  It’s another characteristic of Thai culture—mai pen, or “never mind.”  Thais take problems in stride.  Life is meant to be enjoyed, they say.

Not every experience will keep us calm, cool and collected.  But during those times that don’t, we need to keep in mind only the boundless love and mercy of God for us all.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:11)

Lord, You are slow to anger and rich in kindness; send me Your Spirit this day.

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