06 Jul Susan’s Sound Advice #226
I, along with many others, was stunned at the verdict rendered yesterday in the Casey Anthony murder trial. I was seething with anger and disbelief at how these men and women could render such a decision and let this woman walk free. But then this morning it hit me: What is the purpose of being angry. I am not and never will be in charge, so why let this destructive anger make me ill? Anger is basically the feeling we experience when events in our world are not going according to our plan or rules. We justify our anger by believing that it is because of the stupidity or thoughtlessness of others that we are feeling this way. Unfortunately, this is useless and wasted energy. The world will always consist of people who do things we don’t like or agree with. That is reality, and by getting ourselves agitated and sick is pointless because it changes nothing. We may feel that we are right in being angry, and indeed we may be. But is your anger making you happy? I would think not. In the end, people made a decision that most of us would not have chosen. She will walk free, but will she really ever be “free”?