collateral joy sandwich

there are no right or wrong emotions; they just are. they are a normal part of being human, but there are consequences in that our emotions often lead to us feeling either good or bad.

those emotions that can lead us to feel bad include:

boredom

arrogance

worry

criticism/blame

anger

revenge

hate

resentment

guilt

depression

fear

those emotions that can lead us to feel good are:

love

gratitude

joy

passion

happiness/excitement

joyful expectation

hope

satisfaction

i have been trying this out and it seems to work. when i catch myself feeling down or starting on that downward spiral, i can usually find one of those bad feeling emotions somewhere in the vicinity. when i find myself feeling rather good, i can usually find one of those good feeling emotions is making a visit. the really cool thing is that if i want to feel better, i can just starting thinking of what it feels like to feel love, gratitude, joy, passion, happiness, excitement, joyful expectation, hope, and satisfaction. before i know it, i really am feeling better. i am feeling the benefits of those good feeling emotions. so good, in fact, that I kind of visualize these great feelings being shared with others in some cosmic way. i see someone on the street or sitting across the subway from me and i think “i wish you joy” and visualize this emotion flowing through me to this person and maybe even a little residual joy bounces off onto some unsuspecting and unintended bystander like errant crumbs from a shared sandwich. consider it collateral joy.

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2 Responses to collateral joy sandwich

  1. Heather says:

    What a timely reminder this post is. thank you.

  2. Jaymie says:

    We choose our responses as the world unfolds. Collateral joy, incredible choice.

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