At times I feel happy, sad, mad, angry, frustrated, hopeless, peaceful, confused, lost, joyful, grateful, content, ecstatic, silly, disgusted, upset, lovey dovey, determined, accomplished, ashamed, doubtful, confident or powerful. Life has moments that bring different situations and my emotional reaction to the different situations are very different. I have decided to accept and acknowledge what I am feeling in certain circumstances. I am not a happy person all of the time. There are things that happen in life that cause me to feel sadness, anger, frustration and hopelessness. I have coping mechanisms that allow me to identify my feelings and the cause of those feelings. I do not desire to linger in those feelings for an extended period of time. I recognize the importance of those feelings in my life. I have grown to realize that every moment isn’t going to be a happy moment. The sad moments have their place. When I face them and work through them I can appreciate them for what they are; character builders. It seems to me in today’s society we are expected to feel happy and if we aren’t happy all of the time, something must be wrong with us. I see advertisements all of the time for programs to help people find their happy. I understand that some people suffer from clinical depression and they would benefit from professional help and resources. The rest of us are allowed to have our moments or days when we are in our feelings and we should be unapologetic about it. If it was not okay to feel sad tears would not have been invented. Acknowledge and accept your feelings. Find coping strategies to help you work through the feelings. Appreciate and love the character building that takes place. Cry and cleanse your soul if that’s what it takes. Breathe and believe that brighter days are always ahead.
Peace and Blessings