They are both positive and negative, and emotions can make or break us.
Positive emotions are easy to deal with. They make us smile, feel love, joy and happiness. These are the kind of feelings we strive for in our day-to-day lives, but often we forget and go about our day.
There are many times throughout the day where we could laugh or smile if we just slowed down a little bit. In the pace to rush through the day, we may miss the small moments that could bring a momentary slice of happiness.
On occasion, we try and contain our joy because of how it will affect others. This is extremely hard to do. In being considerate and showing compassion, we understand that our happiness might bring another sorrow. That doesn’t mean we can’t be happy.
The flip side is the negative emotions that come with pain and sorrow. These are anger, bitterness and, for some, hatred. When left untended, sadness can turn into anger and resentment towards others. When someone has hurt us or said nasty things to us, anger can turn into rage if we aren’t careful. Rage comes out in many ways, none good.
One must maintain a state of peace to remain in a positive emotional state. This can be hard to do when someone is mean to us. The quickest way to stay in or return to a positive state is to forgive them right away. Let go of the emotion and understand it is their problem and not yours. You don’t even have to say it out loud, just look at them and forgive them for their hurtful actions.
It is when we take on the burden of another person’s choices, actions or words that we begin to move from one state to another. Trying to change someone who has no intent or desire to change is like beating your head against a wall repeatedly without stopping. You cannot control the actions of another, and the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be.
We make the world a better place by our actions helping those who desire it, and understanding that we are in control and own the responsibility of our own emotional state.
Holding on to anger, even when it is based on the sorrow of a hurt borne by someone you care deeply about, will only harm you. In fact, it can make you pretty sick the longer you hold onto it. Negative emotions come out in many different forms, but the result is the same. You lose your sense of balance and peace when you move from a positive emotional state to a negative one.
Don’t let your emotions control you; rather, control and own your emotional state. When you do this, you are about to return to a more joyful state quicker. It doesn’t mean there aren’t times we will be sad, but you will begin to realize that you can find ways to leave your sorrow behind and embrace happiness.
Our emotional state is our responsibility. We must remember that emotions can make or break us.
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