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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

Living in the Age of Rage

In the past few years, I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve been triggered…by anger. I scan the news and…I’m enraged. I encounter people who have strong opinions about how I should live my life (which don’t resonate with me at all), and my buttons get pushed. Anger bubbles up in me much easier than it ever has in my life.

I’m not the only one. So many people are angry. We’re now living in the age of rage.

Yet, there are good reasons for the anger. We don’t want to repress the rage, but we also don’t want to fuel it like we’re witnessing now in our world. Pouring gasoline on a fire…only makes the flames rage out of control.

So how do we live well in an age of rage?

1. Notice what pushes your buttons. Pay attention to what makes you mad. Become mindful of what’s triggering your anger.

2. Know that anger is an important signal. It’s telling you that something’s wrong. Take time to discover what’s not right and how you want to make things better.

3. Express your anger in healthy ways. I journal. When I’m furious, I draw a roaring lion head and list all the things that make me mad inside of the lion’s mouth.

4. Funnel your anger into a creative pursuit. Recently I painted a monster (which is the photo accompanying this blog), and the process turned my rage…into laughter.

“Anybody can become angry. That is easy. To be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way—that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy,” Aristotle said.

Let’s discover how to set our anger in motion to drive toward something healthy and healing.

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