I’ve written about emotion a lot since this blog has sprung forth from the deepest recesses of my consciousness to spill; sometimes eloquently, sometimes awkwardly onto the unprinted, digital page.
I talk about emotions because they seem to have taken the reigns of society and for the most part they have us careening through life at a break-neck speed that; I believe will eventually shut our brains down.
The unhealthy emotion is when people constantly post things via social media mediums about sharing statuses to support some kid with a palsy or spouting that if we don’t click “like” a puppy in a picture is going to die. These are poor excuses for an emotional reaction. People post this drivel because they are searching for an emotional high. An emotional high they might be able to maintain if they were better people. I’m not saying that everyone who posts that garbage is a bad person. Some of my social media friends are wonderful folks who love cats, babies, dogs, funny pictures. They know posting that stuff isn’t going to illicit change…they just like the picture.
Most of the people though, will walk through life ignoring others. Not caring when a coworker tells them about a difficulty they are having or they drive by a bus stop and don’t ask if any of the bus routers are going the same direction they are and give them a ride. But, they’ll instagram about Kony2012 or post something about some cause on facebook.
There are so many easy ways to help out people around you to engage a positive emotional response.
Then there is negative emotion; something’s happened that hurts, something happens that feels like someone stopped us right in our tracks like a jet getting arrested on the deck of an aircraft carrier. We’re 300+ then in .79 seconds – completely stopped – all momentum; gone.
The saddest part is – these are the emotions we should never ignore, but do. We chase emotional highs like it’s our job, but an emotional high is not what we need. We need honest emotion. Emotion brought forth from genuinely good circumstances or genuinely bad situations. Some time we find ourselves in a bad situation, but instead of confronting it, we try to ignore it and chase empty ‘happy’ emotions.
Confront bad situations and embrace your life whether good or bad.
Think about it this way – If something good happens share it with people, because good vibes, shared, do wonderful things for people around you. Typically people are feel better about themselves when given an opportunity to rejoice with their friends when something good happens.
By the same token, when something bad happens, share it. Your friends should be just as willing to be there for you in good time or bad. Talking about getting laid off, breaking up with a significant other, the death of someone close, a deal falling through or anything…you should be able to share with your friends. Friends, who should allow you to vest, confide, reason out the situation.
Giving breath to negative feelings by talking to a friend is therapeutic. Even if you don’t need any help from them to get a course of action, just being able to talk it through – out loud – is helpful.
The moral of this post is guard against fake emotion and when you’re happy or devastated, find someone to share it with. I promise you’ll feel better.
You can always email me here at the site at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be more than happy to chat with you.
Live hard – love harder,