Today morning I had a brief interaction with a motor-bike rider over the issue of usage of horn in an residential area. As I was driving to office through a narrow residential road with a turn ahead, the impatient motor-bike rider behind me started blowing the horn. I was getting furious and turned back and told him not to horn. After the turn the bike rider slowed down to talk (or rather, fight!) to me. I knew that he is not to going to like my advice of asking him not to use horn and the usual exchange started.
Normally, I blow my top off in these type of cases, but I was determined not to let that happen today. No point in increasing my Blood Pressure for things which you cant influence or change fully. Whatever may be, I told myself, that I am going to remain cool and try to make the motorbike rider see my logic. He started off with why he should not blow horn and I told him politely but very sternly that it is a residential area, a narrow road, a turn ahead and there is no need to use air horns. He was insisting where it has been mentioned "no horn" area, I was again polite but this time with a much more tougher face said that it need not be written anywhere but he should know this.
I was really able to hold on to my anger without blowing it off. As I was talking to him, I was thinking of how I am controlling my anger. Feeling little proud!! After these two short exchange of words, though visibly unhappy, the guy rode ahead but without able to win the argument with me. I felt really relieved and happy that I am able to control my anger better today. Once you get angry, particularly on the way to the office, the day often tends to be a very difficult one.