The Motions of Emotions

Motivational, Tough Love!

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“Our modern-day obsession with happiness has millions of people all over the world chasing their happy tails….It’s probably not possible to be happy if you’re obsessed with achieving happiness.” – Rober J. Ringer (Getting What You Want)

True enough.

At what point did we start thinking we had to be happy every day of the week, anyway? Guess what, sometimes we’re going to be down…sometimes we’re going to be up. Somedays we’ll feel like there’s a huge smile waiting on the other side of our face, just waiting to break loose. Other days it’ll seem like we’re holding back tears. Sometimes we’ll laugh at the drop of a hat while other days it’ll make us mad.

It’s called emotions and, thankfully, there are more than just one or two. Unfortunately, in our society today, if someone is a little down in the dumps, they immediately think, “Oh no, I’m getting depressed…” Or, if a man (or woman, for that matter) is playing tennis, hits a uncharacteristically bad shot and slings his (or her) racket, some would immediately brand them as an angry person.

What if they just had an angry moment?

If a 50 year old woman is feeling sad, it’s ludicrous to instantly drop the M- word and beyond ridiculous to drop the B- word. Maybe she’s just having a bad day.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we need to be a little more careful about jumping the emotional gun. Emotions are a part of life – and, to an extent, we just have to ride them out. Ours as well as others. Besides, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to have the same emotional range as a Cabbage Patch doll – nor would I want to be surrounded by Cabbage Patch humans. We let emotions rattle us far too easily.

Sometimes you just have to ride them out. And, in all fairness, sometimes you have to allow others to do the same.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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  • Chris B

    Too true.

    Some days you will feel down, perhaps for no particular reason. Understanding and knowing these moods are often fleeting (unless you have some medical condition) makes life a lot easier — “I feel down, but it won’t last forever. Keep on going”

    As you say ride them out. For me a downbeat mood usually passes in a day or two (presuming I’m eating and sleeping properly).

    But if the mood seems to be lingering for longer then perhaps they symptom of something not being addressed in your life. At times like these I like to take stock and look at the bigger picture. Indeed, many times these emotions have proved very useful in decided a new direction, which in turn leads to more happiness. Yep, they might actually serve a purpose!

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