Spending Your Days in Misery or Happiness

She walks around all day quietly, but underneath it she’s electric; angry energy inside a passive form. The common woman is as common as a thunderstorm. —Judy Grahn

Many people spend their days in anger and aren’t aware of it. The conditions of work and life make many of us angry; we feel powerless to change them, and our frustration angers us more.

The Serenity Prayer asks for “…the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” If we examine our lives fearlessly, we may find many things that are in our power to change.

Since we cannot change, or do not choose to change some things, we’d do well to accept them, instead of spinning our wheels in unproductive anger or turning the anger in, against ourselves. And when we summon the courage to change the things we can, our lives will bless us.

Today I’ll look at anger as something I’ve chosen, instead of something inevitable. Is it covering fear? How can I resolve it?


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