Time to think…about accepting your emotions

“It’s better to conquer grief than to deceive it.” Seneca, On Consolation to Helvia.

The purpose of emotions is to make us do something in order to stay alive. Grief comes when our basic emotional need to love and be loved is frustrated or violated. A milder experience, but nonetheless still upsetting, is when are rejected or we fear rejection happening as a result of letting others down (or giving someone news they don’t want to hear, perhaps).

Don’t fight your emotions and pretend they are not happening. Instead, seek to understand what is important about the situation you are experiencing, and observe what is in your control. Bad and sad things happen to all of us. Facing it is hard, but denying it makes life harder still.

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