What Pisses You Off?

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You huff and you puff. Throw your toys to the ground. Spew up and out your rage.

What pisses you off? And why?

Despite your best intentions to control it, anger is a fundamental part of being human. Alive. Feeling. Caring. That’s why you’ve got to get in touch with your anger.

But here’s the trick: you’ve got to go way down deep, baby. Get inside that scorching flame.

As a child beaten often, I grew up mad as hell at the world. Everywhere I looked, I saw so many wrongs to be righted. Eventually, I learned to pick my battles. Pick them wisely. Honestly, I’m still learning that.

But sometimes, I feel like we don’t get mad enough about the ugliest, soul-searing sores – like racism, terrorism, or any dark-ism. Economic and social injustice is another red-hot one for me.

Sure, getting angry zaps your energy. But there’s a reason anger turned inward morphs into depression. So express it – wisely.

Then do something about it. Speak up. Be heard. But be . . .

. . . Love instead of hate
. . . Compassionate not judgmental
. . . Aware vs. ignorant

You and I have so much left to do. Amazing, lasting, rippling-out kind of stuff. We’re here for a damn good reason in this brief, beautiful, and mysterious thing we call . . . LIFE.


Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice. –Jim Butcher, White Night
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  • Annie D January 21, 2015, 4:26 pm

    Well said. Taking the “Charge” off anger, allows the charge OF anger to be released in a productive way.I like looking at it that way. Thanks for shifting my thoughts about this!

  • Jenny January 21, 2015, 8:08 pm

    CJ, Your timing could not have been better with this today. I don’t always pick my battles as well as I should. And those childhood triggers that get set off in my adult world have a way of returning me to an angry little girl who feels powerless to right injustices. Thank you for the reminder to step back a moment, breathe, then redirect my anger toward more productive goals.

  • Ted Whetstone January 21, 2015, 8:14 pm

    What pisses me off is indifference. Inaction. Indecision. Yeah, I’m guilty of it at times . . . which pisses me off! But really I’m speaking about mediocrity. Mediocrity in my life. Mediocrity in life. So instead of being pissed off (which admittedly is a lot of fun – just not useful), I’m choosing to play big. Maybe as an example to myself. Maybe to others. But being pissed off helps me get clear on why I’m feeling that way: whatever it is that is pissing me off simply is not who I am. And, alas, my anger giveth clarity! I shall moveth in the opposite direction toward inspired action. Make a difference. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. So thanks for that. I shall now channel my pissedoffedness into invigorated kickassedneth!


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