Or maybe something else happened. Maybe you did feel a great emotion. Maybe you were really excited or scared. And then you noticed that someone else wasn't sharing the emotion with you. That makes you mad. Emotions are very complicated. They are what we feel. You try as hard as you can to control your emotions, but sometimes you let your guard done and you get mad or afraid. Well that's OK. Everyone is afraid sometimes. It's what we do with that fear or that anger or that sadness.
Take this example. I am terrified of roller coasters. I don't know what it is about them, or why, but I can't handle them. This year, my dad bought us season passes to the closest amusement park to our house. The park is like 65% roller coasters. I was excited for the park, but worried about what I would do when my brother and father wanted to ride the roller coasters. So I decided I was going to conquer my fear. I prayed. and prayed and prayed and prayed. This was a serious fear of mine and I didn't want to confront it. But I also didn't want it to take over me and stop me from having fun with my family.
So I asked my dad to pick a roller coaster. Any roller coaster, and I would ride it. As we were waiting in line, the fear inside of me leaped up and cried out, "NOW WAIT JUST A MINUTE!!!" He did not want me to go on that roller coaster. i froze up. i couldn't get on that roller coaster. I couldn't. I told my dad. I couldn't do this. I was scared. He said I would be fine. He knew about my fear and he knew it was pushing me away. So he pushed me toward it. I rode that roller coaster. and I cried. It was more horrible then I'd ever thought before. But I felt a strange sense of satisfaction deep inside me. I'd done it, no matter what i thought about it. I felt the little fear voice in my bran quiet and i let myself relish my victory. I'd done it.
So I want you to wonder. What are you doing with your emotions? Not are you letting them go, but what are you doing with them? Are you letting them take over? are you letting your anger make you scream and put down your little sibling? is your fear stopping you from having fun? Is your sadness stopping you from enjoying a great moment?
You may find it too hard to stop yourself from feeling anger or fear or sadness. and that's alright. But if you let those emotions control your life, well that's not cool. Think about what you're doing with your emotions. Don't let them own your life. Own them.
God bless you!