Emotions

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Only when we sample the dark can we truly understand and appreciate the light. The same could be said for emotions.

Submitted: July 23, 2013

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I’ve been spending some time considering emotions. I have recently heard it said that if a person surrounds themselves with positive people, then they will become positive; and the same could be said about negative people, as well. I’m not sure that I believe that, but I understand the sentiment. Aside from the obvious flaw (no one can be 100% positive or negative) the problem that a person runs into when only surrounding themselves with one type of person is that the person soon loses focus on the full spectrum that is available for human interaction. We need that full spectrum in order to continue being well-rounded human beings. It is natural to gravitate towards situations and people that allow you to maintain your comfort zone, but you cannot simply ignore everything else in the process. We need to hear the opinions of others, even if they make us angry. No, particularly if they make us mad, so we can examine ourselves and see why they make us mad. In doing so, we have a chance to rethink our basic beliefs and allow them to evolve to better fit the person that you are right then. If you never question your own beliefs, then you will never grow as a person. But all of this is straying from the main point.

 

 Emotions.

 

I have also heard it said that we must always face the world with positive emotions, and negative emotions are worthless. I would have to agree with the spirit of the idea of the first part, yet disagree with the second part. There are no useless emotions, not even hate. If you hate injustice, abuse, and tyranny, you are more likely to do something to end them. If you are jealous of another’s success, you can channel that into a driving force for your own success. I could go on, but you get the point. It’s okay to get pissed from time to time. It’s okay to feel cheated along the way. It’s okay to entertain dark thoughts from time to time. That’s how we come to truly appreciate the light that we each have in all of us. It’s okay to be down at times. That being said, you can be down and negative from time to time, but it’s not okay to choose to stay there, and that truly is a choice. Unless you suffer from one of the depressive disorders, you can change the way you see the world at any time. You can choose to see it as a dark place where only the manipulative rule all aspects of your life, or you can choose to see the world as a realm of infinite possibilities where each of us has the power to change our destinies at a moment’s notice. Or you can choose something in between. But always remember that it is your choice.

 

For every moment you are down, try to find at least three moments where you are up. For every hurtful word, say at least three helpful ones. For each person you hurt (accidentally or not), help at least three others. We may not be able to control all of the situations that we will encounter, but we can control how we react to each of those situations. How we react to each situation dictates how we move on to the next situation, and so on. It is preferable to face each situation with a positive attitude and go on to better things, but let it be because you have experienced both positive and negative attitudes, and thus prefer the positive road. There is no honor in staying on the positive path if you are doing so out of willful ignorance. To be positive because you keep yourself ignorant of the negative is just wrong. There is no light in it. Only when we sample the dark can we truly understand and appreciate the light.

 

Choose positive emotions, but be well informed before you make that decision.


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