Anger can be a fiery expression of our energy, and a fiery energy can definitively fuel our inner driver and foster good will in the world.
However, most of the time, anger is an authoritarian emotion that escapes our control and lashes out at others with no discernment. Anger destroys safety, trust, and connection.
More importantly, anger makes us numb, in the moment, to the pain we cause others. Who hasn’t felt post-anger shame ? Unless you are completely run by anger and hatred – which most of us are not- you know what I’m talking about.
The power of compassion is to embrace vulnerability as the foundation of a fiery energy.
Is it possible to transform our anger (with its daily variations of irritation, contempt, judgment, frustration, resentment, or hatred) into a fiery energy that fuels our purpose – meaning allows for anything more creative than our angry self? I don’t know and I’d love to hear your thoughts about this question.
What I know is that, if we need tenderness and compassion, more than ever, we also need that fiery energy.