ANGER – BY KATHLEEN McGOWAN (An excerpt from ‘The Source of Miracles’

I think, for most of us, anger is the most common and the toughest of the patterns of evil thought to conquer. It certainly has been for me. My constant challenge is to live each day with as much love as I can, to love my neighbour as myself. Some days, that is very easy to do. Others, not so much. As a deeply flawed inhabitant of God’s earth, I have struggled with all these ‘patterns of evil thought’ just as you likely have. But anger is my nemesis, and I have work on it consciously- and often. A lot of things make me mad in this world, and I have a hard time keeping that in check. Things like injustice, intolerance, bigotry, and apathy make me very angry. But sometimes, it is the little things that send us over the edge: bad service in a restaurant, the politics of little league baseball, parent-teacher meetings, annoying co-workers, disrespectful teenagers and rush hour traffic.

Yet I found inspiration recently, in a most unlikely place, which helped me to work with the energy of anger in a creative way.

I came across an interview with Bob Geldof, the acerbic Irish rock star who dedicated much of his career to the cause of ending global poverty. He is a fearless and outspoken man of extraordinary character, whose work and commitment inspires people all over the world. As for his personality and temparament…well, Mother Theresa he’s not. Bob Geldof is angry, and he admits it.

In the interview, sir Bob was discussing the idea of activism, and described a primary difference between himself and his friend Bono, another Irish rocker who has dedicated admirable time and effort towards changing the world for the better. Geldof said, “Bono, as we all know, is in love with the world. He’s enamored by it. I’m enraged by it. He wants to give the world a great big hugp; I want to punch its lights out.”

That quote made me laugh at first, but then I started really thinking about it and came to the conclusion that it was pure genius because it represents a great human conundrum: how, exactly, are those of us who are trying to embrace a philosophy of love able to deal with our anger over the injustices that drive us to the brink? We all wrestly with our anger over the issues in our lives as well as out there in the world. How do we keep that anger from bubbling over?

The lesson I took from looking at Geldof’s example was this:
Anger is a powerful emotion and when anger is channeled properly it can be an irresistible force used to positive effect.

Rather than simply ranting at the world- or worse, allowing the anger to devour our insides when we suppress it- we need to find constructive ways to harness that energy and put it to work for change. Bob Geldof motivated a majority of the entire entertainment industry, and ultimately millions of global citizens, not only to care but to take action about the plight of suffering human beings. He did this by harnessing his anger- and making it work in a dynamic way.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves about our imperfections. Anger is a most difficult demon to tame. But in the interest of living with more love and changing the world, channeling it into a force for justice or charity seems a most effective means of dealing with it.

You don’t have to be an activist to apply this idea. You can use it in your own life for your own benefit as well, which is perfectly acceptable and a very positive thing to do. Think about how much adrenaline builds inside of you when you are angry about something. You know, that feeling that you want to explode when something or someone really ticked you off? What if you could take that same energy and re-route it, use it toward a personal goal that you may have?

And that, sweet friends, is what I choose to do with my anger. I feel it and I do not deny it. I use it as an active principle. Some say I am not ‘loving’ because I speak out- sometimes harshly- against things that I find to be unjust or untrue. But for me, love is not a passive principle. Love is an active principle which moves me to action. I do the work I do because I love the world and want to make it a better place.

We all express love differently depending on our own personal missions in this life. Mine is an active expression. We all have to find our way.

KATHLEEN McGOWAN has published various books including ‘The Source of Miracles’, published in 2009; a self-help book, based on the Lord’s prayer.

The Mysterious Snail

A man was sitting in his house when he heard a tapping on the door. He went to see who it was. He opened the door and looked around, he then heard a tiny voice, “hey mister, could you lend me 10 bucks?”

The man looked down and saw a snail sitting on his doorstep. He said, “What do you want?”

The snail said, “Could you lend me 10 bucks?”

The man yelled, “Get out of here!” and then kicked the snail off the doorstep.

About a year later, the man hears a tapping on his door. He goes out to see who it is, he looks around and saw the same snail and the snail in a tiny voice say, “why did you kick me like that?”

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY (8TH COLLECTION)

1) When you think you can’t go through IT, remember all the hard times you’ve gone through, that is how you’ll learn to overcome IT.
– Unknown

2) Our actions may come with severe consequences, but the grace that is found in failure is far greater than the pain of the failure.
– Unknown

3) I am surprise sometimes when I look back and instead of regretting, I thank God for the person I had become.

4) Nothing is too big to give up for Christ because He left His throne to come down to earth as a man for my sake and the whole world.

5) I am not perfect but I can still feel His care and concern all over me. I know He wants me closer to Him.

6) There are certain things we cannot fix on our own. Let God in.
– Unknown

7) Christmas reminds us that God is with us. It is a reminder and a chance to accept the gift of divine Love that He offers everyone.
– Unknown

8) I love you and I need you Lord Jesus. Though my pride keeps getting in the way, I know I can’t do anything without you!
– Unknown

9) what is hard to comprehend, draws me in… The love of Christ.
– Unknown

HAVE A GREAT AND SUCCESSFUL DAY!!

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY (7TH COLLECTION)

1) Don’t mourn over your wrong decisions, overcome them with the right ones.
– Unknown

2) Life may take you to where you least expected, but have faith that you are exactly where you needed to be.
– Unknown

3) Your life’s work has to come from a deep understanding of who you are, and the type of changes you wish to see before your time is up in this space.

Believe, and get others to believe. Empower the world using what God has given you with this strong belief. Don’t take any of your days for granted here, be a great individual that changes the world for generations to come.
– J. Johnson

4) Don’t be tired of waiting for what you believe is yours or believe you truly deserve.

5) In relationships, don’t lose hope because your previous relationships never worked out. Have hope. And if you insist on keeping someone who keeps hurting you, you will end up delaying or denying the right person from coming into your life. You’ll know when you find the right one because they will finally show you the true intentions of LOVE: to bring peace, unity, healing, joy, trust, hope and so many other gifts that brings true satisfaction and fulfillment in this life and beyond.

6) No matter how good you are, someone will always be against you, but never let them be the limit of your success.

7) Having Hope without Faith is like having a powerful dream with no wings.

Wishing you a successful and beautiful day ahead!

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY (6TH COLLECTION)

1) When you do something for love, some people may see it as being stupid, but in the eyes of love, it is a noble deed.

2) When you have a good heart, it is best to have a very strong relationship with God; for you have chosen to stand against the evils of this world, you cannot do it alone.

3) You cannot fully understand the word of God as written, until you have fully accepted Christ as your Saviour and Lord.

3) Though differences can make us beautiful, it becomes a source of pain and misery when we begin to fight them.

4) Man is nothing extraordinary without his spirit, yet most times that is the aspect he takes for granted.

5) We should not get stuck to the physical things of this world and miss the spiritual plans of God for our souls.

6) Everyday counts no matter how short; every effort counts no matter how small; every gifts counts no matter how small. Live everyday, try everyday and help someone everyday.

Usually, it is the little things done or ignored that end up being our greatest obstacles or breakthrough. Only do what you can and leave the rest to God.

Have a great and peaceful day/night!