Why Tinkerbell Gave Up Anger Management, Episode 100

When anger is used as a way to be right, to exert power over others, or as violence, it can be an enormously destructive force. But how might we find the gifts of wisdom in anger, and its extraordinary capacity to change things for the better? A conversation about contactfulness, care, emotional vulnerability and learning to be true with one another, with Lizzie Winn and Justin Wise of Thirdspace.

Here’s Episode 100 of Turning Towards Life, a weekly live 30 minute conversation hosted by Thirdspace in which Justin Wise and Lizzie Winn dive deep into big questions of human living. Find us on FaceBook to watch live and join in the lively conversation on this episode. We’re also on YouTube, and as a podcast on Apple, Google and Spotify.

You can also download the mp3 audio file here.

Our source this week is from Nikita Gill’s book ‘Fierce Fairytales’.

Why Tinkerbell Gave Up Anger Management

I had to give up on their remedies.
They kept trying to make me less angry,
but I refuse to surrender my rage.
Because whole kingdoms have already spent
millennia trying to keep women subdued,
only to be discarded in old age.
My fury gets things done,
it has saved lives, it has made the world listen
where I could not speak, my anger has screamed.

Think Helen of Troy when they took her freedom.
Think the Rani of Jhansi leading rebellions.
Think Joan of Arc leading armies on what she dreamed.
So now I love my tinderbox heart
so easy to light up,
all it takes is half a spark.
A woman’s anger can change the world,
I know mine can and this is not a gift
I will give away.
I am small and I am angry,
it is how I channel my energy
and I like me that way.
From ‘Fierce Fairytales’ by Nikita Gill

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