Get Angry, But Then Use It!

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” ~ James Russell Lowell

It took me forever today to find a quote that didn’t tell me anger was bad, corrosive, something to be let go of. I actually do agree with that, but then there’s righteous anger. I think a lot of Americans are feeling that right now.  In my life, this type of anger, anger at an injustice, has always been a a catalyst for action.

Sadly, anger was my driving engine for a long time. Everything I did came from a place of anger for a slew of reasons psychologists just loved to examine. But then one therapist, an alternate therapy type of person, surprise surprise, said, “just let go of it,” I was afraid what would take its place, terrified, but with her help, I let go.

Wow. Love filled it’s place. That was cool, let me tell you. (I turn to banality when things are ineffable for me.)

So now I try very hard to operate from a place of love. But that same love gets me angry. When I see injustice, boom. When I see my family, friends, students getting hurt, boom.

But love has taught me that anger without action, rational, thought out action, is a waste of energy and a waste of time.

So if something in life is making you angry, use it! Change. Change is the one thing we are all capable of. If we can’t change a situation, which is rare, we can change our reaction to it.


About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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