by Rob Weddle
You may not even be aware you’re giving others control over your personal emotions.
I used to do that all the time.
I’d be in a good mood, but before you know it, I was angry or depressed. Why? Maybe a coworker breezed through the door in a foul mood, or perhaps some idiot bumped into me at Walmart, and then blamed me for it.
And that was that; my smile morphed to a scowl. Looking back on it, I’m surprised at how fragile and gullible I was.
You don’t HAVE to give others that much power, ya know. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the ability to rise above the dank, cold moods of others? To soar with the eagles, wholly unaffected by petty anger and strife?
You can take back that control, it just takes times and practice.
See, when you allow the negativity around you to seep in to your own spirit, you’re CHOOSING weakness over strength. It’s like handing someone the keys to your emotions and saying, “Do with them as you will.”
C’mon, you’re stronger than that! You’re better than that!
I had a counselor once explain to me that my own personal mood and emotions should be like a well-secured fortress. They should be an island, or a castle with a leviathan-infested moat around it.
People can only get in if I let them in.
Maybe you should read that again.
You CHOOSE the foul mood when you let someone else’s shadows chase away your light. Or, as Gandhi said… “You can’t hurt me without my permission.”
I would encourage you to analyze your own habits as they relate to your fluctuating mood. Are you giving others power over you?
The first step in healing is REALIZING you have a problem. The second step is working toward full self-control of your own emotions.
You regain control by choosing light over darkness. Nobody can force you to have a bad mood.
Take back the keys to your castle, my friend. Crank up the drawbridge and let the beasts in the moat do their job.
There are a lot of miserable people in the world, but you don’t have to be one of them.
YOU choose what kind of a day you’re gonna have, not them.
YOU choose your mood, not them.
This won’t change overnight, but with prayer, practice and patience, you can take charge of your own emotions again.
This is one of the most crucial steps to attaining inner peace.
You can do it.
You can be free.