This post is the second in a series on using the Seven Deadly Sins for inspiration to build your dream life. To see the first in the series on envy, click here. Enjoy!
When you hear the word “wrath” what do you think of? I think of Greek Gods fighting to the death against enormous Titans (I’ve definitely seen Immortals one too many times). I think of road rage on the 405 during rush hour. I think of Ronda Rousey beating Bethe Correia.
Wrath means a strong, stern, or fierce anger.
Anger is traditionally considered negative, but today we are going to flip it on its head.
By following that fiery energy you can find the causes and the topics that you care about the most passionately.
What pisses you off?
Some things we can’t change. Aside from inventing a hover car, I’m not going to be able to shorten the traffic on I-405, so my anger there is a dead end.
But another thing I get really pissed off about (that I can actually do something about) is cancer. I lost my grandmother to lung cancer when I was young and as I grew up I felt compelled to do anything I could.
I ended up finding Relay for Life. It’s a great organization and I spent two years on the committee of my local relay. In that time our community raised a total of $100,000 for cancer prevention, treatment, and education. The event also provided many intangible means of support. It’s a place for survivors and their families to joyfully celebrate kicking cancer’s ass. And it’s a place for those who have lost someone to cancer to honor their lives.
Following my anger has determined what charities and non-profits I support and what organizations I want to be involved with. The ones that speak loudest to me are: Charity: Water, Pencils of Promise, and Amnesty International, because I think it’s insane that everyone on earth doesn’t have water, education, and human rights in this day and age.
I have a cousin who is involved in REST, an organization that helps women escape the sex trade. Many people I know are actively involved in LGBTQIA+ organizations and ones that support teens and adults dealing with bullying, isolation, and more.
No effort you make is too small; every dollar donated, hour spent volunteering, or post shared on social media matters.
So how can you make an impact?
Another cousin of mine is extremely concerned about animal welfare. So she followed that to working for a doggy day care and adopting several pets from the local Humane Society. She shares petitions and upcoming bills related to animal rights and safety with everyone on social media. She doesn’t just sit and fume and get pointlessly upset, she lets that fiery energy steer her towards positive and actionable steps in the world.
Not sure what you’re passionate about? Check out Idealist or Volunteer Match to explore topics. Whether it’s donating money, volunteering your time and energy, or spreading awareness of a petition campaign, you can make a difference.
Maybe it’s not a humanitarian cause that gets you most fired up. Maybe it’s standing up for an unfair practice at work or speaking up about a hurtful joke or comment. You can create change in any area of your world. I saw this image on Instagram last week and I think it perfectly sums up the point:
Speak up, take action, and change the things you can no longer accept.
Next up we’ll be taking on the “sin” of Gluttony!