Feelings of anger are almost foreign to me. I don’t like to engage in conflict if I can avoid it. When it comes to “fight or flight” you will most often find me in full flight. Anger isn’t well received in women. It seems to conflict with what the world expects us to be: loving, patient, kind and caring. I don’t believe my view is isolated.
And yet there have been times in my life when anger has been the launching pad to take action in my life. When we are in a low place, anger can give us the energy to get out of it. When I am complacent I just go along with whatever the day puts in my path – I can be mentally lazy. I have so much to be thankful for in my life – and I am thankful. I just wonder what happened to the passion I once had about wanting to change the world? Am I just older and wiser or have I just become more cynical with age.
There are many issues in the world that are confronting – the plight of people in Syria, the refugees fleeing from war and injustice in other parts of the world. Is there anything I can do about it? I think about giving financial support but then I am concerned about what percentage of my giving would really reach those in need. I am ashamed to say that it just seems too hard “to make a difference”!
In a country like Australia there are people doing it tough too. It isn’t necessarily to do with financial status – it can be due to dysfunction, unemployment and loss of hope. Our government provides benefits to most people in need – we cannot be compared with countries without these safety nets. I remember many years ago, as a single parent with three young sons, our Prime Minister of the day promised that no child need live in poverty by 1990, I cried because I believed him. That promise has been laughed at but it meant a lot to me at the time. Even the Prime Minister later said he regretted saying it as it was not achieved.
So, what in the world can I get passionate or angry about? How can I make a difference? And does it matter?