Have you ever felt angry? Then have the crazy thought it was wrong to feel this way?
I was talking to a friend today. She made huge changes in her life recently. Changes that was necessary. Fortunately, she’s grown quite a bit.
A lot of the things she went through, I witnessed some of it, angered her. Anyone in her position would definitely feel obligated, entitled to be pissed off. Then she said it was wrong to feel this way and tried to think positive thoughts.
That gets me.
One of the most annoying things the self-help industry has tried to push is thinking positively. It’s on the level of losing weight and getting six pack abs through electrodes. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to jealousy. OK...should be suffering.
Damn you, Yoda!
Sorry, Mr. Lucas.
First of all, humans are like...people. And people feel things. They want to feel things. If they didn’t, then why write stories that have drama? Conflict? Why does reality TV only show stuff that gets our blood boiling?
Cuz we be addicted to emotion.
Feel the the fear, the anger, the hate, and, my oh my, feel the jealousy.
Whenever you feel these emotions, it feels good in the beginning because you’re letting steam out. It’s like letting out the pressure from a boiling teapot. But dwelling in these emotions is like turning up the fire until all the water is vaporized.
DWELL on any of these, then you’ll go to the dark side. Dwell means live in.
Now you’re empty.
As humans go, we tend to want to fill the emptiness with something. For example, we buy things because we think it’ll make us happy. And because once an object in motion stays in motion, we’ll fill it with more of the same stuff. More fear, anger, hate, jealousy.
So don’t live in these emotions. Feel them and let it go. Turn your attention to something you like or love, something that you enjoy without being destructive. Another words don’t eat your way to happiness. Don’t inject your problems away. Don’t fill your life with meaningless material things.
I tend to go to the gym when I come up against a wall. Women in tight clothes tend to fill me with glee. Yes, I'm a dork. Or I’ll read a good book, watch a good movie, or talk to close friends.
Your question now should be: Does feeling these emotions tell me anything?
If you feel fear, maybe there’s something to it. Like if a guy approaches you and you have a creepy feeling about him, it’s time for you to leave.
If someone slaps you, and you feel angry, then it’s obvious you don’t like being slapped.
If you hate something, then maybe you don’t like it.
Or if you see someone approach your significant other, and you feel jealous, then maybe it shows you how much you love them.
No need to complicate things.
I delved into this a lot because several of my main characters deal with guilt. So I did a lot of research about it. And, man, we all need to let go.