What Makes Me ANGRY?

Bumpersticker from my very first car, a 1986 red Nissan Sentra
Bumper sticker from my very first car, a 1986 red Nissan Sentra

Being mean, spiteful, hurtful, deceptive. Being wasteful, careless, lazy. Being close-minded, impatient, jealous. Being condescending, arrogant, greedy.  Being ungrateful.

These things make me ANGRY, but what makes me even angrier is the way I can get sucked into filling my time with reading and watching and ranting and complaining about humans acting this way! In fact, I am most angry (and frustrated and ashamed), when I find myself being what I profess to despise. The old saying about those in glass houses…

I want to pay attention to living according to my values.  I can use my anger to fuel actions that make a difference (and hopefully let go of the frustration and shame).  I think I need a mission statement of sorts.  Something like:  I will seek out and learn from the kind, helpful, useful, caring, determined, open-minded, patient, content, loving, joyful, humble, selfless, gracious, and grateful in my community.  I will be a person of integrity and lead a life that matters.

It’s a start anyway…

Oh…lots of reading to start this process…I am revisiting a few old basics that stood by me when I was younger and better able to listen to my heart:  The Serenity Prayer, The Invitation, and the Desiderata, and recently a modern, Desiderata graphic novel approach that I love!  I am also taking my eighteen-year-old self’s advice to: Think Globally, Act Locally. All a bit cheesy, but my nostalgia has gotten the better of me…and so I leave you with another oldie but goodie…

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step ~Lao-Tzu