Angry Motivation

Written on December 4th, 2010 by

I have spent the past couple of hours watching a snowy football game, reading Eugene Wallingford’s blog, listening to music, and drinking hot chocolate. I would like to make a side note that my hot chocolate is now cold due to being engrossed in everything I have been doing. Fortunately, I have reserves. In a particular post on my former professor’s blog, I came across this line:

Despair and anger are common emotions, and they sometimes strikes us hardest when we know how to solve problems in one way and are asked to learn a new way to think and do.

I am frequently intrigued by the emotion of anger. I happen to be stubborn, temperamental individual. However, I also believe my rage is an intrinsic part of who I am. The quote above struck a note with me. When something aggravates me, I become hellbent on ridding myself of the problem. The solution can take a variety of forms, but the most common is to dominate the problem into submission. Running away or taking an alternative route rarely occurs to me. I am sure some of my success in school and learning new things has been driven by the anger Wallingford mentioned. As I start into a simple task that quickly becomes far more difficult than anticipated, rarely do I cut my losses to go another direction. I become more engrossed with the problem because I want to figure it out. It is an insult if I cannot complete it.

Now I return to my regularly scheduled Duke basketball game, more blog reading, and a database upgrade.

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