It is never easy to climb out of the depths of despair…especially when one begins to wonder what they have to live for. . .a defining moment in time which can make the difference between life or death. How one focuses their mind and emotions at a time like this is of utmost importance.
Restoring one’s own hope is not easy but it is possible…with the right tools and know-how. Training one’s brain to believe in hope can make all the difference. When a person’s emotions are taking over, this is the time to allow the brain to clarify that no matter how one feels, emotions are not always trustworthy. When the brain is in gear, the real truth of the situation can be recognized. Then hope can arise and take charge!.
Our brain doesn’t depend on our feelings to see things clearly. But our emotions can be so distorted by hurt feelings and negative self images that it is easy to allow feelings to dictate important decisions. Things that torment us today may not be affecting us a year from now. But when we make dumb decisions, many others may be hurt.
Sometimes quick decisions can cause life long pain. Depend on our brain and not our emotions. . . yes, easier said than done but possible!
Give yourself a test case…..think of something simple to begin to train your brain! An example that comes to my mind is about swimming laps in the nearby community pool. On a warm, sunny day I can’t wait to walk to the pool and jump in. But on a chilly grey day it is easier to decide to “skip it.” Sometimes I allow my feeling that it too dreary a day to persuade me to stay home. But when I make the decision to get up and go, I always get a great feeling of accomplishment…and it is usually just a bit easier the next time.
Put your brain to work and come up with a little “test case” of your own. Let your emotions know your brain is in charge. Try it….you might like it!
Hope we can connect again, soon. D.M.