We all have them. The rough days or weeks where you wonder why you bothered getting out of bed. It is so easy to lash out in frustration to those who cross your path. Might as well share the misery, right?! This has a negative ripple effect.
Anger is a reaction to someone knowingly or unknowingly violating your values. When I say values, I mean something deeper than family or community values. Trust, connection and so many more are the values I am talking about. * When our core values are trodden on then we can go from calm to livid in 2.8 seconds.
So how to we fortify or heal ourselves enough to be able to manage this?
Although these suggestions look simple, they are not always easy. It means really getting to know ourselves and taking personal responsibility. This can be a huge challenge when we are used to putting the responsibility for our anger in the hands of other people. It means taking our power back and mindfully taking the stand to no longer passively give power to others. We may not be able to decide or change the situation we are in, but we can change how we react and interact in it.
What are your thoughts? What has helped you move past the anger?
*Here is a list of values compiled by James Clear that is quite good.
I have been speaking with quite a few people over the past few weeks who have mentioned that our sense of time seems really weird right now. How often during this pandemic have you found yourself losing track of what day or month it is? Even the time of day seems to drag or slip. I can tell you that more than once I have put down the wrong month and been floored by the fact that it is June. Where did April and May go?
For some, this is because their normal routine is gone because they have lost their jobs or are working from home. For others who have worked right through there is still a weirdness in time that can’t be explained away by the loss of routine.
It is impossible to not approach this week without addressing what is happening in the United States. People are protesting all over North America and the world for the death of George Floyd who was in police custody in Minneapolis.
This is not about who has had a more difficult personal life than someone else. It is about how people are treated differently and judged by the colour of their skin. Black Lives Matter does not discount that Women’s Lives Matter or Native Lives Matter or Everyone’s Life Matters. It is that RIGHT NOW we need to focus on Black Lives. RIGHT NOW, Black people are dying. When things change in our society so that every Black person can feel safe with our communities, with our police, with our courts, with our governments, then EVERYONE will be safer.