Emotions come in many colors and most of us experience a rainbow of emotions every day. It is important to become intimately acquainted with how we feel in order to know ourselves properly. That may sound obvious but bear with me…
For many years I had no idea how much anger I carried. I knew I was depressed, I knew I was a perfectionist, I knew people drove me crazy but I had no idea I was being destroyed by the anger I held. Thanks to an amazing teacher, I felt supported enough to take a hard look at my life, my emotions, my knee-jerk responses and I came to understand that my anger was my issue, it was not a matter of laying blame at another person’s door. When I understood and accepted my anger, I was better able to understand and accept myself and that has been a gift.
Let’s take a look at our emotions and learn how we can better step into our abundantly loving natures.
We are all in relationships and we all benefit when those relationships function well and are supportive. Some of the relationships that may be present in your life – parents, children, spouse/partner, best friend, neighbor, boss, subordinates, colleagues, fellow students, teachers, the person you see every day at the coffee shop/grocery store/on the bus. All relationships have the power to impact our emotional world; how do we ensure that these relationships enhance our lives and, in turn, we enhance the lives of others? Three simple ways:
- Look every person you meet in the eye, even the homeless woman or the bus driver.
- Speak kindly. Even when you are angry or upset it is possible to be kind and respectful.
- Treat every person as if they were your hero or role model, even the guy who cut you off in traffic.
I love to write about ways to build strong, supportive relationships; I would also love to hear your stories or have you write a guest post.
One way Tom and I keep our relationship strong and loving – try new things. Here is our current project: 50 in 50