It’s easy to get angry because there’s so much to get angry about.
And that’s, in a way, the point of it all: the human emperor overlords of the earth, those who seek power over all the rest of us, keep us divided, confused, infuriated, fearful, maddened, and well, unable to effectively live our lives by constantly angering us.
They know that their stories don’t make sense. They know that if you follow the logic you’re led straight to illogic. They know that the system is cold, calloused, unfair, impersonal, and designed to keep us frustrated.
We throw up our hands in vexation, get into arguments with both family and strangers over the issues of the day, stomp our feet and get out to vote in the belief that somewhere, somehow there is a politician who is honest enough, while still being powerful enough, to actually do something right and good.
In other words, we are constantly distracted.
But anger isn’t the answer, any more than fear is, or anxiety, or depression. All of those dark emotions fill our mind with thoughts that aren’t contemplating goodness, aren’t focusing on solutions, aren’t creatively seeking new skills and honing those we already have. Deep down, those of us who are awake know that the answers do not lie in the media, political sphere, health industry, corporate culture, or even religious establishments.
When we are silent, when we turn off the media and pull away, when we get outside and take a calm stroll through nature and listen to her sounds, when we get into a place and state where we can think, then each step we take – literal and figurative – is one step forward.
It all starts by refusing to live in a constant, chronic state of anger.
Thank you for joining me at This Woman Writes. Posts complementing this one are
Don’t Despair, but Do, Do Think
First and Foremost, Trust Yourself
Find inspirational and encouraging artwork at Steve Henderson Collections, where you can purchase anything from framed art prints to coffee mugs, with images that bring joy and hope to the day.
Thank you for this post, Carolyn. There sure are a lot of people who want to run my life and take away the freedom I have in Christ. Not just by the ‘rules’ they think are so good for me, but also because of their desire to control my very thought processes.
Anger and depression run rampant around me, and I seem to get sucked into it pretty easily. I think it’s because I have forgotton that I have a brain, a spirit, and even a Heavenly Father who has unique plans and desires for me. All this double-speak going on around me is like a fly buzzing around my head. I wave it away, and it comes back. I think I need to just get the darned fly swatter and beat that fly into submission…then I’ll get up and go over to my piano and lose myself in some quiet music, where I can think about – wait for it – nothing!
Sometimes Christians believe they need to constantly be thinking, worrying, ruminating. They need to have schedules and be busy and spend the right amount of time at church, in small groups, etc. I don’t believe that anymore. “Be still and know that I am God”…takes a lot of pressure off of me. I don’t have to carry thoughts and ideas from other people that have nothing to do with who I am as God’s child. God will carry that. These old shouldes were never meant to bear a burden that heavy. It’s freeing.
I used to be heavily involved with the church I attended. Long story short, that church imploded and damaged a lot of people. I left. Wounded, confused, and a bit angry at God. Now, I don’t trust ‘church’. It seems so far removed from what God really wants, I think.
I read your book, “Misfit Christian”. It was scary for me at first. But I realized that I’m just as whole, loved, complete, and necessary…without having to run to every church service and be on every committee…especially when all I was doing was ‘running’. It’s tiresome. Slowing down and taking time to talk to God, trusting that He will show me what He wants me to see and know is a lot better way to live…
Sorry for the long post. I just wanted you to know that it hit the spot for me today, and it was much appreciated…
Cheri — this is brilliant. I am glad that what I wrote hit the spot for you today, and I want you to know that what you wrote — hit the spot for me today. Thank you.
You are incredibly kind. Bless you, Carolyn.