The Anger Games, Part 4
Anger generates tremendous energy.
As an agent for change it's powerful.
Anger is also incredibly addictive.
The burst of energy motivates you to initiate change, but what you might not realize is what it took to build that energy up BEFORE the floodgates opened.
There were warning signs that you ignored or discounted, starting with mild irritants working their way toward frustration and eventually sparking into anger.
There were also the lies you told yourself...
Then one day it wasn't, and you weren't.
Enter our old friend Anger to give you the boost you need to break the pattern and make some changes. It's deceivingly empowering.
You can see it on a larger scale in our world. Those manipulating emotions to incite "righteous" anger and motivate people to action.
But the only reason ANYONE is vulnerable to that game is because the anger already exists inside in the form of unfulfilled desire, disappointment, and malcontent.
We all have it.
It's how we deal with it that makes all the difference in the world.
Using anger as an agent for change is lazy.
And manipulating others with it is reprehensible.
The truth is that you don't need anger to make positive changes. All you really need is grounded clarity and a willingness to make difficult decisions and follow through.
But clarity takes effort, willingness takes courage, and follow-though takes diligence and discipline...
...which is why anger is such an appealing addiction...
A quick way to shake things up and feel like you're getting something done, not realizing that you're likely trading one problem for another and breaking things that matter in the process.
We can do better.
It starts by taking responsibility for your anger; recognizing that the problem AND the solution are inside of you- Always.
Once you've mastered that, you become not just an agent for change, but an advocate for love and healing.
And we could all use some more love and healing these days.
The Mystic Next Door
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