Are you feeling pissed off a lot lately? Do you go straight from neutral to irate in an instant, snapping at loved ones or anyone who looks at you wrong? Is there a constant tightness in your chest or throat? If so, you’re not alone. According to my informal poll of pretty much everyone alive right now (and by that I mean me, my friends, family, and clients), simmering rage is the dominant emotion.
Why are we angry all of the time? In large part because so much has been taken from us over the past 20 months, and we’re feeling resentful. To gain some insight into what’s happening to us, we have to understand the relationship between resentment and anger.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines resentment as “a feeling of anger because you have been forced to accept something that you do not like.”
Happy 1-1-1 Friday!
This week I’m thinking about the role our values and emotions play when making big decisions.
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I did it. I finally figured out how to see my out-of-state family during a pandemic AND keep everyone safe. I bought a campervan! OK, so this isn’t as wacky (or simple a decision) as it may sound...I’ve wanted one of these for over 20 years. Covid just moved the timeline up :)
It was a heck of a decision to make. These things are expensive! How would I finance it? Would I need to sell my house? Isn’t it ridiculous to make a large purchase with so much economic uncertainty? I’m still building my business, how will I work from the road? I should be contributing more to my retirement, blah blah blah…the fear of financial ruin was strong.
The swirl in my brain was making me anxious and depressed. I was tempted to do what I always do: make the financially...