Anger, Cameron says, is a tool: we use it to spur ourselves into action. It shows us boundaries, points in new directions, and can be used as a guide. Thinking back over what causes me to be angry (more than just frustrated -- and yes, there are times when I'm legitimately just frustrated and not covering for some deeper anger), most of the causes of my anger are when I see people being abused, mistreated, manipulated in some way: few things get me upset like issues of social justice, love, compassion, and equality. Aha! I thought to myself, So that's what's meant by "righteous anger"! I get it! I feel like if that were the entire message in the chapter it would be enough. But there's more!
Just the other day I commented to a friend about how interesting it is that a number of us -- all independently of one another -- are focusing on being intentional this year. It was as if the world was lining up and telling us I want you to start living with intention. Be in the moment. Enjoy life and be reflective. It's just one example of the synchronicity I see in life. In my younger days I called it God. Then I called it coincidence. Now I don't know what term to use, but I have seen -- in my own life and the lives of others -- that when one is on a pathway of intentionality or creative recovery then serendipitous things just seem to happen. That is one of the reasons why I am so excited about this Year of Intention and working through The Artist's Way trilogy: I want to see what is in store for this year.
"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you lease expect it, there will be a fish." -- Ovid