Emotional turbulence can get in the way of one’s normal day to day life.
Emotional turbulence can also help enhance one’s quality of life. We should pay attention to the bad as well as the good in order to know and truly recognize the good from the bad. You never appreciate a smile until you have frowned. There can never be a Heaven without a Hell. I was taught in order to love right, one has to go through Hell. This is just another way of interpreting ‘What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.’
When I got diagnosed with MS seven years ago, I didn’t give up on life. I didn’t let this disease take over. I decided that I was going to live life to the fullest from there on out. I decided I was going to treat everyone I came in contact with the same as all others, with love and respect until given reason to do otherwise.
The emotional turbulence I was experiencing not only shook some fear into me.
But, it also shook some sense into me. It showed me that even though at this point, it started out bad. It was definitely going to end on a good note. Just as good as I would allow.
Thanks to my wife, I am able to keep a level head. I’m very optimistic, but I still get down and out and start thinking negatively. When this happens, she reminds me. It all starts with a thought. If I think sick, I will be sick. Now I’ve learned to control my thoughts so that I can control my MS.
Anger, fear, and worry are not the diseases but are the lessons we can learn from to deal with emotional turbulences of any kind. By staying in tune with ourselves, we can create a good life that can withstand any amount of stress life could throw at us. Take the emotions of anger, fear, or worry and build just the opposite to overcome ‘the age of anxiety’. In order to appreciate the good, we must first experience and recognize the bad. Then and only then can we move on.
Knowing the origin of the physical sensation we can understand the emotional feeling.
When I know where the ouch is coming from, I can determine what the feeling is and deal with it accordingly. If I feel the ouch and I can’t pinpoint the source of the ouch, I won’t be able to cure the ouch. If and when I feel it and I can specifically say that it comes from X, I’ll be able to figure out a fix. My doctors taught me this. Knowing the source of the pain will help find a cure faster than you may think. And knowing is half the battle.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. And in my case, MS is not killing me, it’s making me stronger. Since my diagnosis, my outlook on life has changed drastically. I take a whole lot less for granted. I appreciate everything way more. Fortunately, I was able to turn what some might call ‘the end of the world’ into a ‘beginning of life’.
This is why emotional turbulence is necessary to life just as much as joyfulness is.
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