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Friday, September 28, 2007


Anger is FUEL. We feel it and we want to do something. Hit someone,
break something, throw a fit, smash a fist into the wall, tell those bastards
off. But we are 'nice' people, and what we do with our anger is stuff it,
deny it, bury it, block it, hide it, lie about it, medicate it, ignore it.
We do everything but 'listen' to it.
Anger is meant to be listened to. Anger is a voice, a shout, a plea, a
demand. Anger is meant to be respected. Why? Because anger is a 'map.'
Anger shows us what our boundaries are. Anger shows us where we want to go.
It lets us see where we've been and lets us know when we haven't liked it.
Anger points the way, not just the finger. In the recovery of a blocked
artist, anger is a sign of health.
Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.
Anger points the direction. We are meant to use anger as fuel to take the
actions we need to move where our anger points us. With a little thought, we
can usually translate the message that our anger is sending us.
รข€¦Sloth, apathy, and despair are the enemy. Anger is not. Anger is our
friend. Not a nice friend. Not a gentle friend. But a very, very loyal
friend. It will always tell us when we have been betrayed. It will always
tell us when we have betrayed ourselves. It will always tell us that it is
time to act in our own best interests.
Anger is not the action itself. It is action's invitation.
Moral stories can improve your moral values.
--Julia Cameron

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