I didn’t set out to write about anger, it just kinda happened. This is in response to the prompt “rattle” for Two Shoes Tuesday.
- A friend living in Florida is trying her best to take care of her elderly mother at home. Her mother has advanced stage Alzheimer’s disease. After a recent hospitalization, Medicare has stopped paying for her oxygen. Apparently insurance now gets to decide how long you can afford to keep breathing.
- As many know I recently received good news about my health insurance, but it took shaming the governor of my state on NPR to get things done, despite my having requested the help from him, both my state senators, the Massachusetts State Health Connector, two advocacy agencies and the Boston Globe over four months. I’m trying to let it go but find I’m still angry.
- Refusal to make necessary changes. Sometimes you need to change. “Sorry” is acceptable once, even twice, don’t do it again is better.
- When I see people belittling other people.
- Animal abuse, child abuse, abuse of any kind.
- Senseless killing, that the term “prisoner of conscience” has reason to exist.
- Killing for God… for that matter, any bad behavior in the name of God. If you believe in God: God laid down the ten commandments, and last I checked they were a fairly complete list of do’s and don’ts, including one of my personal favorites- “Thou shalt not kill.” Maybe Jesus isn’t part of your theology but if He is: Jesus got angry (e.g. expelling money changers from the Temple) but he didn’t apologize for his anger. He does not kill anyone, He does not sin. He controls himself. He has no need to apologize. Being angry… okay- Killing, maiming, traumatizing… not so much.
- Militant anything-ism
- Overindulging mine or anyone’s anger… so I will stop here.
And to lighten things up please enjoy a Gary Larson moment: