In Others’ Words: Are You Listening?
There are days when my emotions ambush me.
I’m going through my day, doing what needs to be done. Not necessarily seizing the day, but making things happen. Feeling good. Satisfied, you know?
And then suddenly I realize my emotions are all out of whack and I can’t even tell you why. At that moment, if I had to name my emotion — one of them or all of them — I wouldn’t be able to.
Because Erma Bombeck was right: emotions don’t make a lot of noise.
Pride doesn’t show up in a showy car, laying on the horn, waiting for your ego to come running out the door and hop in the passenger seat.
Anger can be as silent as steam — and burn, baby, burn.
Love . . . well love is as silent as the sigh of a baby falling asleep in your arms. Or as raucous as a home filled with laughter that rocks the walls.
What I’ve learned is: I have to pay attention. Pay attention. If I don’t, I miss the emotions, bad or good, that ambush me and spin me out of control. I miss the reasons I am crying — and the reasons I am smiling so big my face hurts.
In Your Words: How do emotions enter your life — quietly or with fanfare? And how would you describe an emotion’s sound — pride or love or anger or fear or exhaustion or joy?
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