Life is a mystery filled with winding roads and sometimes, steep slopes. Each step can appear to be daunting and foreboding. Questions also arise, often too many, even before one can be answered. At times, my path appeared to be leading me into a maze of choices. Although I looked for specific directions, clarity seemed to evade my understanding. At these times, I felt like I was in a dark room, attempting to find a light switch, so that I would not fall into a deep hole.
Although life may be a mystery to me and I may feel confused at times, I have come to realize that my feelings are my feelings. Some time ago some one said some thing that truly made me angry. I became angry because of a “hot button” that what they said pushed. What the experience helped to reinforce was that, no one can push a button that I does not exist. The experience also helped me to realize that I have more power than I some times want to own.
Experiencing anger helps me to be aware. Anger helps me to realize that I have a choice. I can use my anger to examine the button(s) that exits. By doing so, I can take back the power that I give to that button. By examining and owning my anger, I am able to use or re-channel the energy once displaced and constricted by anger, in a way that will enhance both my life and the lives that God brings across my path. By using my anger to teach me, I am able to create hope.
You may have matters that make you angry, really angry. Don’t be afraid of your anger. Embrace and use your anger as a tool to teach you how to heal. Anger will then show you where your buttons exist. Own your anger as what you chose to feel. Resist making someone else responsible for your anger. Don’t make someone else carry your anger. They are not responsible for your anger. They can not benefit from your button’s or your anger.
You and I are the ONLY one’s who can benefit from our “buttons” and our anger. Through being aware of this reality, we can actively engage in the process of releasing energy, once contained by our “buttons” and constricted by our anger. Instead of continuing to be depleted by our “buttons” and our anger, we will find a new source of energy. Energy that we will be able to use to create hope in our lives. Energy that will enable us to share hope with and through our lives.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Mark Twain
“While seeking revenge, dig two graves – one for yourself.” Douglas Horton
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” Buddha
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