This past week my life’s journey has not been a smooth one. My father was in the hospital and I was in my very first car accident. Actually, the accident and learning of my father’s diagnosis both happened in close proximity to each other. In a true sense of blessing my father is treatable and no one, except my car, was injured in the crash.
People who know me say that I’m not emotional, but that’s not accurate. I am very emotional, deep within me where no one but myself and my God are aware of the depth of my emotions. Externally I am calm, cool, and collected. As far back as I can recall I have been this way. Why? The easy answer; because that’s who I am. The real answer; because emotions are messy and not always in my control.
So, if emotions are something I avoid discussing, why would I ever voluntarily bring up the topic!? I began writing this blog, as I said in my first post, mainly for me as a sort of public journal. A way for me to reflect on my life and learn what I could, while also hoping others would benefit as well. A couple years into reflecting on this site and I now realize that my journey is not a solitary one, but a journey with others who are also struggling along the way.
A phrase I would often use with my clients is “the longest distance traveled is from the head to the heart”. I was encouraging my clients to stop analyzing and feel. To stop thinking it through but rather feel your way through.
As I come to the end of this stop along my journey I usually leave you with a few action steps to take with you; not this time. I am instead asking you to share with me your struggles with expressing emotions so that I might work on becoming more emotionally expressive.
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