Choose Anger, Not Cheesecake | Monday Wisdom

“That makes me very angry,” we might write instead of eating the last piece of cheesecake. The cake is a sedative that dulls our emotions while anger is a spark that can be used as creative fuel. Entire books, plays, and operas have been written out of anger. The creative arena is the best possible arena in which to express anger. Anger gave us Picasso’s Guernica. Anger gave us Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. Properly channeled, anger is a lodestone for creative endeavors.”

–Julia Cameron, The Writing Diet

(I would also add Beyoncé’s Lemonade to the list. I am so grateful she used it as creative fuel.)

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