"HOW MUCH ANGER IS TOO MUCH?
Certainly not the anger that, for many of us, is a remembering of a self we learned to hide and quiet.
It is willful and disobedient.
It is survival, liberation, creativity, urgency, and vibrancy.
It is a statement of need. An insistence of acknowledgment.
Anger is a boundary. Anger is boundless. An opportunity for contemplation and self-awareness.
It is commitment. Empathy. Self-love. Social responsibility.
If it is poison, it is also the antidote.
The anger we have as women is an act of radical imagination."
"A society that does not respect women's anger is one that does not respect women; not as human beings, thinkers, knowers, active participants, or citizens."
These are the words of Soraya Chemaly, from the book Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger.
What strikes me in this passage in particular is the line...
"If it is poison, it is also the antidote."
If it is powerful enough to be so destructive, it is also powerful enough to be incredibly creative and strong.
This creative, life affirming energy is from the same source. You get to choose how you ride the wave of energy that is available to you.
If we allow it to serve us in it's pure and present form it doesn't get shoved into the undercurrents and create a destructive tsunami.
Reclaiming my Anger has given me the strength and vitality to do so many things that I didn't believe were possible not that long ago.
I've walked on edges and jumped off cliffs I didn't know existed and many people have experienced their own versions of this self-empowerment.
Reclaiming your Anger is reclaiming the antidote for a life worth living.
Stacia is a co-founder of The Art of Relating. A Writer, Facilitator, Speaker and Wisdom Keeper.