August 1, 2011 by Heather Harris
It’s hard, when you are full of passion, not to let your emotions control you. I can tell you it is a struggle for me. Even though I tend to be more of a thinker than a feeler, when I do let my emotions go, I let them go completely wild, and it almost always lands me in trouble. Reining in emotions that are left to their own devices can be quite difficult to do, especially when they’ve already done damage.
The key to doing so is balance. It is good to reign emotions in with logic, which is normally what I do, but it is also good to let out a healthy amount of emotion every so often as well. Keeping emotions bottled inside ultimately leads to eruptions of said emotions, which then lead to destruction, both personally and in relationships with others. Emotions in small doses are much more easily controlled than when they are let out in huge explosions.
Sadly, I’ve had to learn this the hard way too many times. I’ve had multiple breakups in reaction to my lack of emotional control, as well as many arguments with both family and friends that have led to damaged relationships. Emotions are not always your friends. In fact many times they are the complete opposite. They’re destructive and wild. They need to be controlled by you, rather than the other way around. The problem is that this is so much more easily said than done because when emotions hit us, our natural reaction is to let them do the talking, but we need to learn to stand up to them and say no, just as we need to do with the other natural desires of our body that will only lead us down the path of personal destruction.