You might have heard the story about the executive who arrived at work in a cloud of anger and berated her assistant, who, in turn, snapped at the innocent mail clerk, who then scattered the thirty-page report of a harried secretary, who went home and yelled at her son for wearing his ratty, ripped jeans. And as the boy stalked off, their cat chose that moment to cross his path. Big mistake!
So what do we do when we experience strong feelings? Most of us either bury them deep inside until they fester like a wound, or take them out on someone else, setting off a chain reaction until the cat is kicked. And yet “emotions help us to wake up. We have no clearer messages about what is happening in our lives. Our emotions show us where to direct our attention; rather than obscuring the path, they can clarify and sharpen it.”
(c) Robin Lawrimore, May 2013