Monday, February 18, 2019


"People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing."
~ Will Rodgers ~

Anger is a response to a perceived threat- to our sense of order and safety and well-being, or to our happily contained memories or future plans. It's a railing against, an insistence, and a rising fire of resistant force. It clenches our jaws and hardens our stomachs like steel. It sets us up for attack.
     And sometimes attack is called for, and sometimes it's not. Sometimes our perception is skewed. So we have to be discriminating when it comes to anger. We have to check our motives and our immediate past. Has old reactive stuff been triggered in us? Are we acting out like a child who has not gotten their way?
     Authentic anger is rather a blessed thing. The other kind we would do well to leave alone.

I honor the difference between perceived threats that arise.