Today I learned about The Gift of Anger...
Tonight I am preparing for an interview with our next guest on The ManTalks Podcast that I co-host every week with my partner, Connor Beaton.
What Solmonese reveals in this book is that for him, the key to success was learning to harness his anger. Essentially it's just a form of energy. Channeled, it can keep you moving forward on a long journey. But uncontrolled, it can blow everything up.
But it is what I read in the very first chapter of the book that stopped me in my tracks:
On the morning of December 22, 2010, I found myself standing backstage in an auditorium at the Department of the Interior, waiting for the president of the United States. Barack Obama was on his way to sign into law the bill that would end the discriminatory policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). For seventeen years, brave men and women who had been serving their country in silence had been fighting to end this ban. As president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country, I had the privilege of leading the organization’s efforts and working alongside President Obama to get this landmark legislation passed into law.
On that historic morning, I would have a few minutes backstage to chat with the president before I took my seat among hundreds of witnesses, including LGBT activists, journalists, bloggers, and service members most impacted by the discriminatory policy.
When President Obama walked in, he came right up to me and gave me a hug. With his hand on my shoulder, he said, “Wow, even I didn’t get kicked in the teeth on this one as much as you did. And I’m always the guy who gets kicked in the teeth in tough legislative fights.”
Its going to be a dynamic interview.