“Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.” Proverbs 14:29
Julia Cameron, a well-known author of inspirational material, writes about creativity in her book, The Artist’s Way.” This book helped me center myself as a writer. In her follow-up book, Walking This World, I learned everyone has potential–even me. What surprised me was that she said anger will help us reach our potential.
Recently, I entered a contest with an inspirational magazine. It wasn’t a major context, but one that would help me with my craft. I wrote a story about how my new dog, Daisy, lifted me out of the holiday blues. Yesterday, I got a “regret” notice from my editor—“not a strong enough story.” My immediate thought was, “I’m sorry my story didn’t make the cut.” Later, I began to feel angry—angry with myself for entering the stupid contest. Then it escalated to, “Well, if they don’t want it, someone else will!”
Healthy anger works. My disappointment and subsequent anger over the “regret” notice will propel me to becoming a more resourceful writer. I just might go to the library to look for a dog lover’s magazine to submit to. Surely they won’t find my story not “strong enough.” I can picture Daisy on the cover of the Christmas edition!
Lord, help us use anger to fix things in our life, not to just get even. Amen.