For the first of this week’s Friday Photos, I offer a few words on anger. I wrote this after the Penn State sanctions came down and I felt burned by my anger. So I stopped, and waited and thought about it. Anger solves nothing, unless it is harnessed for good. And if it is not harnessed in the service of good, it can destroy the better parts in us.
I wrote this second poster up when I was feeling like hell earlier in the week. It wasn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but something in my world felt like it was crashing down on me and despair hunted me down like a rampaging werewolf. I called my children to my side and told them that I was sad. “I need a hug, love,” I murmured to my blue-eyed daughter. “I’m fine, but I’m sad.”
“Oh,” she replied, a concerned eye on me. “Here Mom!” She flung her little self around me and her brothers soon joined the dog pile. Within a few minutes, the dark clouds abated. I loved. And I knew I was loved. All because of a simple hug. I guess you could call this a coping mechanism.
What helps you cope with anger? How about sadness or grief? Is it easy for you to ask for help when you’re sad?