Angry Enough to Do Something
“Anger is like electricity,” Gandhi explained. “It’s just as useful and just as powerful—but only if we use it intelligently. If we abuse it, it can be just as deadly and destructive. So just as we channel electrical energy and use it for the good of humanity, we must learn to channel anger so that we can use that energy for good, too, rather than abuse it and cause death and destruction.”
I get angry. I seldom stay angry. When I was going through a divorce many years ago I remember that the counselor I was seeing weekly for a year kept trying to get me to express anger. I couldn’t do it. Sadness, yes. Depression, oh yes! Anger, no. It just wouldn’t come. Today I can get angry when I hear of a child’s father not supplying school clothes, winter coats or shoes and yet he manages to have a boat and fishing trips and somehow evades the Attorney General’s decree to pay child support. This makes me angry.
I hope I’m redirecting that anger for good with Bridges of Hope for Single Moms. It takes lots of energy. It takes energy to start something from the ground up like this Educational Support Program. Maybe you can join our team. We are looking for others, not necessarily angry, but motivated people to bring our dream to fulfillment.
If you are interested but don’t know how you might fit in here is a list of ways you can be part of this new and promising program.
- Be a coordinator for a fund raiser
- Distribute brochures to specific locations in SETX
- Share the information with your groups
- Attend our next meeting – March 21, 6-8PM at Sertino’s Bmt
- Become a monthly donor of $5 or more
This program will have amazing results in our community. It has proven successful in other places and I know it will here as well—with your help.
Keidra Perry is one example from Buckner Family Pathways as told by Diamond Richardson.
“Years before Perry arrived at Buckner Family Pathways, she had the life she always wanted. She had a good job. She and her family lived in a nice house with two new cars parked in the driveway.
‘I wasn’t humble enough,’ Perry said, ‘I think that is why God had to take everything from me.’
Perry lost her job. Her cars were repossessed. Her family’s finances and her marriage could not withstand the stress of being laid-off, she said.
‘My husband could not make the transition; he was still spending money like I had a job.’ Perry said. ‘Then he started being very disrespectful toward me and it was clear he had fallen out of love with me.’” Read more.
Tiffany Pangarakis is another example of how a program like our Bridges of Hope works.
“Tiffany Pangarakis was determined. No one ever doubted that. Smart and hard working, she could succeed at anything she put her mind to. Nothing was going to stop her.
But life sure tried.
Her father died when she was 15. Her mom died two years later. She was legally declared an adult and was on her own. The Lufkin resident struggled to get by but managed to enroll in Angelina College in Lufkin. The she became ‘involved in a bad relationship.’ Shortly after, her daughter, Kalista, born.
School would have to wait. Her daughter was what was most important. Tiffany started working full-tie, driving 100 miles round-trip to make a living.” Read more.
You Can Help
Your involvement in our Educational Support Program could change a life or two. We hope you will attend our next meeting-March 21, 6-8PM, at Sertino’s Beaumont.
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online.