Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said wisely, “Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.” Have you ever been in a room, perhaps at your workplace, when someone walked in (obviously in bad spirits) and immediately started criticizing everyone and everything in the path they are traveling? The cruel words and glances send emotional lightning bolts, leaving in this person’s path little fires that may take hours to put out. Or perhaps you have met a person with just the opposite effect. The presence of this person feels like a warm spring breeze, leaving everybody around refreshed and uplifted. Perhaps, you have been like both of these people at different times in your life.
Controlling our emotions doesn’t mean that we’ll always feel just fine. Greg Anderson said, “You can’t expect to prevent negative feelings altogether. And you can’t expect to experience positive feelings all the time. The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings, but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones.” So, although circumstances around us may not change, and storms may be thrown in life’s path, we can choose to respond with a warm front that can pacify even the most frigid ice storm. Today is the day to decide to keep your emotional weather report in check with 100% chance of clear skies and revitalizing breezes. Are you willing to make a different choice?
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