All posts filed under: emotions

Life’s surprises are not always welcome

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Acceptance / emotions / Friends and family / Self acceptance / Uncategorized / Wisdom

As I look back over my life there are probably a dozen incidents or more that were a significant blow to my equilibrium. The sort that makes everything else seem petty and unimportant. I am sure that we all experience these things from time to time. My first experience I remember was when my school friend’s father died. He worked at our school and was very popular with all the kids. It was my first […]

What is the opposite of depression?*

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Acceptance / depression / emotions / Uncategorized

*According to writer, Andrew Solomon, it is vitality! That makes a lot of sense to me. I listened to his talk on the video below and could relate to much of what he said. I had my first encounter with depression when I was in my 20’s and have experienced it on and off over the years. I have used a variety of methods to help me feel and do better. Solomon raises the issue […]

Life’s lessons

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compassion / emotions / Meaning of life and that stuff

I have heard the following expression at various times in my life. Are you familiar with it? ” Whatever or whoever is in front of you is your teacher.” It is not always easy to remember this when I am in an uncomfortable or awkward situation. Sometimes I might get caught with someone talking about things I don’t believe in. I try to stay silent and listen – after all, they may have some greater […]

It will pass …

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emotions / I feel... / Mindfulness / Philosophy

In my life there are times when I experience intense emotions – sometimes good and sometimes not. I am sure we all do.  I have found that the secret to riding out these emotions is to try to remember the following: My emotions are not me – they are but a tool or instrument in my experience of life They will pass. Sometimes it feels like an eternity but just like the tides, my feelings […]

Tools to boost self esteem

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Acceptance / emotions / I believe that... / I feel...

Recently I wrote about dealing with negative feelings. It helps to have some tools or ideas to counteract them when they hit with full force. I developed this acronym a while ago and try to memorise it when I need some positive input. It is an acronym for the word CONFIDENCE and reminds me of what I am capable of or what I need to do to feel more confident. C is for capable – […]

Some wisdom about negative feelings …

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emotions / Philosophy

Another gem from the School of Practical Philosophy: All negative feelings are the result of our habitual response to events and people who are not the way we want them to be. I have been testing out the above quote on some real life situations and to date it is 100% correct. An old friend once suggested that I became unhappy when life didn’t follow the script I had in my head. So true. I […]

Step toward achieving that goal

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creativity / emotions / Motivation / Procrastination

I am an ideas person! I love coming up with new ideas, however, putting them into practice is another matter. Sometimes I let my ideas go because when I think them through they are not practical or I am not really committed to developing them. I find this happening a lot more since I am semi-retired but accept that it is OK to carefully explore a range of options before putting energy into achieving them. […]

Life

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emotions / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff

I like to find image quotes online that capture how I am feeling. I came across this one this evening. I often feel like this – some days more than others! I have this vague feeling that I missed out on getting the rule book handed out at birth :-). At least today I can accept that is just how I am and not fret about it too much.

Introvert or Extrovert?

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creativity / emotions / Writing

I believe I am an introvert. As time goes by, I realise that being introverted affects many areas of my life. I am not much into group activities and feel much more comfortable in a one on one situation. Last year I did a writing course online and I really got into it (I had to as there were assignments to do). In doing the course I found a way to tell my stories from […]

Optimism … easier said than done?

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Acceptance / emotions / Meaning of life and that stuff

This time last week I wrote about a couple of people I spoke with during the day. Both were facing major issues – one was dealing with sickness in the family and the other had serious business problems. Today I caught up with the business person again and ventured to ask her if she had any success in fixing a major piece of machinery. Last week she said it could not be fixed and she […]