Angry at the world

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There’s a line from the movie Network, which says ” I’m as mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore”. What do you do if you’re frustrated or downright angry and you can’t seem to write about it? Or, how do you write about “it” when you’re “spitting nails” and have trouble even verbalizing ?

We all have issues in our lives. I wrote an e-mail to a good friend recently telling her about all the things going bad in my life and she wrote back “Sallie, it’s called life.” Yeah, well! Little things become big things and before you know it you’ve reached the end of your rope. Writing about your life in the state you’re in can be extremely difficult and you may wonder if after you’ve written it, should you keep it? There’s an old custom which entails writing about your grievances and then burning the page. I don’t think we have to resort to that extreme measure! However, the problem remains. Can we write about our problems and if we can will there be a proper outcome?

When you’re angry you’ve also convinced yourself you are right and the other person is wrong. Later on afterwards you may start to doubt your feelings. Could I have been wrong?  In the land of the “dark side” we often say things we regret later and then the situation gets worse. It’s always better, if possible, to write your feelings instead of verbalizing them. Then what to do?

Breathe

Write briefly:

  • The opposite of this anger is —–
  • This is how my body feels now —-
  • I’m afraid of —
  • I’m sad that —
  • What I need to do now —

Much later, when you’re calm, and can journal more objectively about the experience write the answer to:

  • What occurred when I became angry?
  • How did I handle the situation and what would I do differently?
  • Did anger serve me well in this instance?
  • Do I feel better about my situation?

~Sallie

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