When we have lived with anger for a long time it’s hard to let it go. It leaves a void in us, one to be filled by hope or despair. It seems more difficult to open to hope. Perhaps that’s why we cling so to anger, the alternative seems much more frightening.

May you be brave enough to let go of your anger and dare to hope.

41 Comments on “anger”

  1. Joyce says:

    Very true words. Hanging on to anger is like harboring offenses that can eat away and destroy one’s soul. Nothing good ever comes from that. Forgiveness can bring the ability to restore and rebuild.

  2. Shannon says:

    Wise words!

  3. Bodhirose says:

    I’ve always thought that fear was the basis of all our negative emotions. Is anger a symptom of fear somehow? Well, in any case it can be tough to let go…sometimes it’s just become a habit. Gave me something to ponder. My sister and I were talking about anger today too… I do know I feel more at peace without it.

  4. I think I was angry from the age of 11 to the age of 38, which is when I gave up my anger by giving up relationships with all of my relatives on both sides of the family.

  5. Clanmother says:

    Another gem!!!

    Anger is complex. It can be the beginning of change such as a struggle against social injustice etc. But it is a difficult emotion to control. Even with the best of intentions, anger takes over our thoughts and has the power to transform even the best of intentions into darkness.

    This year, i have chosen “courage” as my word. Courage to chose wisely, to forsake anger, and to embrace joy and hope. You are so right – when we live with anger, It is so easy to stay in that space.

    “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” J.R.R. Tolkien

    • billgncs says:

      great to choose courage, I feel that I know you have it within to draw upon.

      Here is a quote from “Ender’s Game”, a novel about a boy trained to be a soldier against a frightening foe, courage comes to mind, and love as well….

      “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them -”
      “You beat them.” For a moment she was not afraid of his understanding.
      “No, you don’t understand. I destroy them. I make it impossible for them to ever hurt me again. I grind them and grind them until they don’t exist.”

  6. susank456 says:

    Anger is easy – letting go is hard. Hard is better but some stick with easy.

  7. This is an excellent thought and so true.

  8. Resa says:

    I’m with you on hope!

  9. This comes at a good time with the nightmare going on in the blog world. 🙂

  10. Amen! I was think of Ireland. The war between the Catholics and Protesants. A war that went on so long no one can even remember how it started…

  11. heila2013 says:

    So true. Everything new is/can be scary. That’s why, I think, many people cling to bad relationships, bad habits etc. Heila

    • billgncs says:

      I think of it as emotional capital. Like money, we often keep pouring emotional capital into unfufilling relationships because we fear the cost of the unknown.

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