What angers us and frustrates us is predictable. Take a page from Abraham Lincoln’s practice of writing letters to people who upset him or he passionately disagreed with, yet had the presence of mind to never send. In order to get past intense emotions we cannot choose to ignore them. We must first choose to honor them, sit with them as a means of better understanding their origin. Then, we have the choice of how to proceed. Better to lash out in an unsent letter than spending our days living with the fallout of our irrational emotional responses.