Anger is like a balloon

Consider a balloon. The pressure builds and builds, and the air has to get out somehow.  Either it can get out the way it got in (the neck), or the balloon will burst.  Burst balloons don’t work as balloons anymore.  They are broken bits.  We are like that too when we don’t let our anger get out in a safe way.

Now, in the middle of all this it is a good idea to think about why you are angry.  What about this situation is making you feel angry? Does it remind you of some earlier situation that went wrong?  How did that situation make you feel? Or was there someone in your past who taught you to react this way in this particular situation?

You can unlearn old habits and take up new ones.  You are forever able to rewrite yourself.   Nothing is permanent.  Just because it always has been that way doesn’t mean that it will always be that way.  The past does not predict the future.

You can’t escape anger, but you can redirect it and you can learn from it.  Anger is a part of life, just like night is a part of day.  It isn’t bad, in and of itself.  It is what you do with it that matters.  Use it wisely and it can teach you a lot.

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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