People with power don’t have to get angry. They make decisions.
This immediately made me think of the opposite. People without power get angry. I already knew frustration leads to anger. (And anger leads to hate, and hate to the dark side…sorry couldn’t stop myself). I find that true in my life, that when things are out of my control and don’t go my way I get mad.
What is in your control and what you have power over is often in your head. I have a tendency to take the blame for things going wrong. Because then it is my control. Even if I screwed up, I had the power, and I’m not as mad.
For example, I know the struggle that faces me to become a professional photographer. There are a lot of people more experienced than I, better connected, with all day to do the marketing etc needed to succeed. I could say the system is against me. It’s a losing battle because nothing I do will change things. But that is putting all the power in the hands of the “System”. (Maybe what the Bible calls “The Prince of this Earth”). Instead I think I’m not succeeding because I haven’t gotten good enough. I haven’t taken the next steps. I haven’t put the work into it that I need to.
Now that may indicate I suck, but at least it is now in my control. I can work harder. I can learn more. I can do the next thing. And I don’t have to get angry.
Just a thought for the morning.