Anger as a healthy motivator

I recently met a women who lost 50 pounds because she was so angry with her ex husband, she literally had to run it off.

I woke up at 5:45 this morning with a ton of energy because I was frustrated with the state of the world. I wrote vigorously, washed laundry and bought tickets to a play with gusto.

Anger can be a healthy motivator to kick us into action in the directions of our goals, if managed well.

Anger can also be scary, loud and unsafe. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about using your frustration, resentment or observation of injustice for good.

A good friend of mine was so upset by the school shootings last year that she mobilized moms across our state to organize for stricter gun laws. She just received a “Hero” award. She doesn’t have more time than the rest of us. She has a high powered job and two little kids.

What fires you up? Oh, I could give you a list from this side of the pond. The question really is what are you going to do about it? Are you going to use your angst, frustration, whatever for good or evil? Are you going to complain about it or get up and create change?

This morning I’m going to start a conversation at the breakfast table about equality, fairness and justice. Opening the door for conversations about gender, race, social-economic differences and how not everyone is actually treated equally in our society yet.

i wonder what we will be talking about by dinner time.

Anger can be a healthy motivator if mobilized constructively. Use your powers for good today. Get busy running, motivating, organizing, or taking a stand if the spirit moves you. A lot can happen from a seemingly small action, like a soft spoken women saying, “No, I won’t sit at the back of the bus”.

What will you do to make the world a more loving place today?


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