finding {grace} in {anger}

April 24, 2012Karen Courcy

Sometimes we hold onto things that we need to let go of, and then there are things we hold onto that we need to hold onto – so that we can let go through healing.

I worked through therapy today for 3 1/2 hours. 2 Hours in my usual Tuesday morning, and then he had me come back so we could work on something pretty big that was important!

I needed to make a decision about something. Something that was not good to hold onto. This was not healthy anger to hold onto. It was painful and hard, but something that I needed to do in order to let go.

I am finding that when you hold onto something that is not yours to hold, it’s damaging to you, and damaging to your self worth.

My whole life was about taking what done to me, and holding it, and swallowing it, and it was stored in this pocket full of shame deep inside my body.

I was never able to come out and speak how I feel before. I was never able to OWN my feelings about anything. Half the time I was afraid to speak how I felt because I would be afraid it would hurt “their” feelings confronting them.

I always thought “well, it’s easier to deal with it myself, than it is for me to tell someone how I Feel”.

Today I am learning that it doesn’t work very well like it once did. Holding onto something that is not mine to hold onto is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to choke – but yet your the one choking!

Today I cried and cried at the thought of confronting someone who hurt me. I had written up an email filled with hate and despair! It was one of the meanest emails I have ever written – but I didn’t send it!

I showed up in tears during therapy and I was TORN in what to do. Do I hurt the person I need to confront and let this person stay connected and heal – or do I open up and be honest about how I feel, so that I am not holding it for once.

My therapist and I sat in a prayer in a hug.. I was sobbing, he was giving me this prayer that truly opened up the word of God in the room! how do I honor both? how do I speak my anger, and yet still be graceful about it?

It’s not easy to find grace in anger is it? It almost seems impossible .. but I did it. I went home after a long long long day in session today – twice! eyes puffed out, face red, body exhausted! and I sat and I wrote. I wrote an email speaking my hurt and anger, and I was graceful about it.

The grace part came in words like “This is how I feel, you hurt me, but I am finding peace with this and moving on”.

I am sure that is what God would do… and I truly believe that God was in the room today. I believe GOD had his hand on my therapist and I while we struggled to find the answer.

My therapist truly felt like it was damaging to hold onto my anger! I thought it was damaging to speak my truth.. we met in the middle.. and that is the work of beautiful healing, and beautiful therapy.


Tonight I breathe.. I spoke how I felt and I am moving on – moving on in the path where grace and anger meet and it’s OK, it’s the path to healing towards me.


  • whatjeanlikes

    April 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Karen. I read your story and I have to commend you on how amazing and brave I think you are!!! To share the experiences you have gone through must be so difficult for you. I think you are amazing, strong and resilient and I also think you are a very gifted writer who is able to convey your feelings through your words so we can feel them as you write.

    I am a new follower and I just wanted to say hi and let you know that you are in my prayers that God bless you and your family and help you through this journey we call life and that He bless you all and bring wonderful blessings your way!!

    If you get a chance, stop by my blog!!

    1. Karen Courcy

      April 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      thank you so much Jean for your nice comment! that means alot .. and yes I checked out your blog, love it 🙂 thank you for also joining my facebook site

  • L. Scrillen

    April 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    what a noble thing to write about Karen.. very well said, and very honest! I think alot of blogs out there pretend that all is OK and life is wonderful, but you put the real deal out there! Its shows us all the good and the hard.

  • Irene @ Inspiration From The Little Things

    April 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Oh Karen… I am deeply touched by your honesty. Thank you so much for opening up your heart. And I am so happy that you are including God in your healing process! When we confide in Him and ask for His enlightenment, He never hesitates to give us the answers that we needed, and this was very evident with what happened during your therapy session.

    I hope you never stop writing because you write so well and your posts can touch so many lives, most especially those who are going through the same thing.

    I wish you well, Karen! Take care always and God bless! 🙂

  • Stacy

    April 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Good for you! Proud of you for being able to express yourself and yet be gracious and kind. That’s a hard balance, so proud of you for finding it through the hurt! So glad you have such a blessing in Andy!

    1. Karen Courcy

      April 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      Stacy.. your such a good friend… thank you!

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