Nothing more than feelings

Feelings…nothing more than feelings. Yeah, right. We can’t see them, smell them or taste them. But feelings are real. And, for being intangible, our feelings seem to be able to dictate a lot to us. They can send you from being euphoric to a blubbering heap in just seconds. Feelings are powerful.

There a couple of things to keep in mind with feelings:
1. They are subjective. This means it is not events that cause our feelings to react, but rather our interpretation on an event that brings on emotion.
2. Since feelings are subjective they can lie to us.

I have heard some religious rhetoric in the past that says that we can gain supremacy over our emotions if we simply become more spiritual. ROFL! Emotions are part of being human. Short of a full frontal lobotomy there’s no way to avoid them. They’re ingrained into us! We are emotional beings and we were designed that way! It’s who we are. And, emotions play into every area of our lives. Life would be boring if we had no emotions.
There are a lot of factors that play into our emotional make up. We will respond or react based upon our emotions. Keep this in mind; we may not be able to change the way we feel, but we can change what we do!

If someone would have given me that advice thirty years ago, I think there would have been some things different in my life. I was given the “pray, fast and get a hold of Jesus” speech! And, I failed miserably at reigning in my emotions. To say I had anger issues would be an understatement. But fortunately I have grown a little wiser and gained some valuable insight.

I will admit that it does take some refraining and understanding to control your emotions. And, to be honest…you will not always get it right. We all have moments when our emotions get the best of us. So, here are some things you can do:

1. Educate yourself. Read materials that will help you to gain better insight into your “triggers.”
2. Understand that emotions aren’t good or bad. It’s your response to your emotions that makes them good or bad.
3. Accountability. We all need someone in our life to be a support to us. This is why GOOD friends are important to our personal success.
4. Take action NOW! Don’t wait till you FEEL like it. Do it now!!

If there is any way I can be a help or support please feel free to contact me. I would be glad to help point you in the right direction. Have a great day whether you feel like it or not!


~ by Daniel Toops on August 13, 2013.

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