Point.Click.Shoot, Atlanta’s own cutting-edge multimedia production company, debuts it’s hot new Internet show tomorrow, “REELING IN THE STARS.” Host, Anastasia Bartolucci interviews author Casi McLean and reveals a sneak peak of her new book, Wingless Butterfly––Confessions of a Recovering Jerk-Magnet. McLean will be Read more “PRESS RELEASE: ATLANTA, October 6, 2010.”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU5Nm4ctMIU[/youtube]With a smorgasbord of over 93 million single adults in America alone, one would think it would be easy to find their soul mate, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one? While there are no guarantees, there are Read more “Still Looking for the Right One?”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1aMTWdQnzo[/youtube]They say that time heals all wounds, but they—are wrong! Time doesn’t really heal anything. It just helps us to forget and generally that’s not a bad thing. Pain can stop us in our tracks and paralyze our lives, but time has a way of fading the ache into a distant Read more “Just In Time!”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K2by9tBXEc&feature=related[/youtube]What happens to the dreams we have as children—to the wide eyed innocence and the belief that fairy tales can come true? It’s sad to see young adults jaded about their future, especially when they’ve barley even reached the legal age to have one. Sara, Read more “Are You A Dreamer?”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvG1iVw8IjQ[/youtube]I was feeling a little lonely the other night so I went into a restaurant, sat down at the bar and ordered dinner. Not being one to strike up a conversation with strangers, I sat alone, lost in my own thoughts, and ate my dinner in solitude. When I Read more “Are You Beautiful?”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJxV_ObpO2k[/youtube]“Father” by definition, is the one man in a child’s life who should always provide a safe haven of unconditional love. I hope that all of you have had that kind of a relationship with your father and you are able to celebrate this weekend with him. For me though, this is Read more “Happy Father’s Day”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5bAs6OaLBA[/youtube]If you’ve ever scratched your head in wonderment as to how you ended up where you were, why you chose “players” and “jerks” to date and/or marry instead of your soul mate, you Read more “You Know You’re a Jerk-Magnet When . . .”
The “seven deadly sins” wreak havoc in our lives. Take anger for instance. It’s on the list for good reason. Rage can consume the soul and make it impossible to truly love anyone. How can we focus on loving while the acid of rage and bitterness eats away at us?
When pressure of internal torment intensifies, it takes little irritation to ignite the emotional fuse of irrational fury, but the consequences of anger are far more grievous that its causes. Anger is a double edged sword that effects the perpetrator as well as the recipient. It festers in the soul, destroys relationships and strikes down everyone in its path. Be it physical, emotional or verbal, the collateral damage can be devastating.
Physical injury is obvious – abuse appalls us, but emotional abuse imprisons its victims in silent bondage. They are the walking wounded, who forge through life often unaware of why they struggle. It’s hard to fix something when your don’t understand it is broken.
Words hold a power over those they touch. If they are uttered in anger they can be a formidable weapon and, once spoken, the venom can never be rescinded. Words can cause irreparable damage. Vivid examples of verbal abuse are displayed in the news as we read of children tormented by bullies and the tragic consequences of the barrage. Children can be cruel never realizing the damage they inflict on others and as adults, it is our responsibility to help them understand and break destructive cycles.
As I see it, anger has never benefited anyone. No matter where fury is aimed, its target is damaged. Once rooted, the effects of rage can control our destiny. Like a malignant cancer, it devours love, hope and happiness. Arguments, feuds, battles and wars are born of anger. We can be right, but is it worth the price we pay – love . . . family . . . or friends?
So what do we do? We all feel anger from time to time, it’s human nature, but we can learn to vent it without hurting others, like working out, running or even writing. Physically releasing anger defuses its power.
The “seven deadly sins” are as perilous today as they were in antiquity, but their contrary virtues help us thrive. We can use them to “ward off the demons” and find balance in our lives – humility against pride, kindness against envy, self-restraint against gluttony, morality against lust, generosity against greed, diligence against laziness, and patience against anger. If we value the virtues, defuse destructive emotions and teach our children well, perhaps we can help shape a more nurturing world.
Enjoy today’s video and remember, it’s just emotion.
“Sing as though no one can hear you,
Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt.”
Someone who was once very close to me gave me a plaque quoting these beautifully inspirational words from Mark Twain. I had been going through Read more “Empower Yourself”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtu9RXeYSLU&feature=related[/youtube]We’ve all been hurt in the past. Some by a parent’s abuse or abandonment, some by peers taunting and teasing, some by relationships — betrayal, cheating, life traumas or death. It’s human nature to fear rejection and loss and its not easy to forget the painful moments we’ve experienced, but we can have a happy present and future if we don’t