Saturday, March 2, 2013

Take charge.

The best path to inner peace is by conquering your emotions. I'm not suggesting eliminating them entirely- I'm not /quite/ foolish enough to think humanity can get rid of the one thing that makes such tragic, flawed, yet impossibly beautiful creatures. There is a way to make your emotions work /for/ you, rather than letting them rule you.

It comes down to two simple words: everything fades. Here's a simple example.

You come home after a long day of work, only to find someone has broken into your home, stolen your television and replaced it with a massive, wall-spanning, HD monstrosity- clearly an upgrade. Your surprise benefactor has even gone to the trouble of hooking up cable for you. As you examine your new shiny, you find a note explaining that said excessively large television will only last a month before it breaks down on you.

One month. Do you spend that month worrying about the ultimate fate of your new precious? Do you spend that month in anger, silently cursing your 'benefactor' for not gifting you a more reliable model? Or do you make the most of that month, enjoying your new best friend and adamantly refusing to get off the couch for anything short of a house fire?

Of course, you only have a month and of course, you'll have to find a replacement when the time comes... But that's life. In most cases, we don't have a set 'expiration date' on the events we experience. They come out of the blue and smack us in the face with some valuable life lesson or another. It's up to each of us to avoid being lost in the storm of emotions and use them to learn those lessons.

Every emotion has its place, and each has something to teach you. Don't be afraid of those lessons. If they turn out to be less than pleasant? Well, life can be less than pleasant at times. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and carry on. Above all else, don't be afraid to take a risk.

To put it simply, emotions can be either your most powerful tool or your greatest enemy. It's all a matter of who's in charge.