Friday, April 1, 2011

Turn anger into momentum

It seems, to me, that the whole world is angry.  Tempers are flaring all over the world as people, too long frustrated and feeling powerless, lash out, seeking to change the world.  Politicians bicker over which segments of the population should shoulder the blame for the poor economy and who should suffer for it.  People are fearful for their homes, their livelihoods, the freedoms and even the very food and water they need for survival.

All of this anger is keeping everyone's attention on the symptom of anger, rather than the root causes of social, political, and economic ills. Blame is getting the people, as whole, nowhere.  Rather than spending our time and energy being angry, we should be searching for solutions to power imbalances, economic disaster and social ills. Being angry might light your fire, but without a direction and sustained attention and demands for change, it does nothing.

The next time you see something on the news that royally pisses you off, why don't you convert a fraction of that energy into action.   If you see something wrong with the world, speak up, and offer to help.  Sitting there being mad won't change anything.  If you are angry with your political leaders, tell them that you expect better.  If you don't like how a company treats it's workers, don't do business with them.  When you see people hurting from a disaster, either natural or man made, ask "What can I do to help?"

Doing something, anything, to change the things that cause anger in your life gives you power over your anger.  It turns an emotion, that can be negative and destructive, into something constructive.  Feeling powerless and angry and frustrated only drains away the positive energies of your life, but you have the power to regain control of that energy an d create something positive at the same time.  Don't waste it!

"Action is the antidote to despair"  -Joan Baez

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