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The Power Of Emotion

Emotion is a powerful thing, capable of changing everything for good or for bad. Both positive emotions and negative ones play important roles in our lives, but if the end point of a negative emotion brings hurt, it should be treated as evil. Having said that, I’ll go ahead and say that emotion is a control freak.

Emotion is a control freak.

Emotion controls things like who gets help from us and who goes empty-handed.  It controls racism, determines who rules our countries and who gets kicked out. It tells who ends up as our friends and who turns into an arch enemy. It controls what kind of thing to wear, where we go, who we quarrel and fight with and who we laugh and rapport with. We go to war and fight till death and reconcile with our enemies. We vow to never forgive because we are hurt to the marrow. We make nuclear weapons and bomb an entire nation.

Imagine a world ruled by positive emotions.

Such a world would be full of good and loving people who love and stay loving. Who marry and stay married. Who share and treat everyone as equal. Black and white, yellow and green, purple and pink will be treated the same. Male and female, old and young won’t be an issue. Forgiveness would be a piece of cake cos everyone is an angel. Celebration of gain, as well as loss, become the order of the day – merry-making goes on and everyone walks the streets without a single worry. We stay happy whether we have it all or have nothing.  

But…

In a world where things are bound to go wrong sometimes, we need a bit of negative emotion to balance human existence – to react when things go wrong in other to fix them. 

Negative emotions can be very hurtful to us and others. 

Anger, envy, jealousy, hate among others, can push us to the extreme. These are the normal human feelings if not put under control can make us lose our senses, we lose good reasoning and good judgement.

Anger breeds resentment, violence and hate breeds rejection/unfair treatment. We must work hard on these.

Negative emotion is hard to retain

It’s hard to bottle up negative emotions. It’s as hard as sitting on a hot seat and keeping calm. But it’s not impossible to sit on a hot seat when we are coolants. 

Here is the good part; negative emotions like any kind of emotion, are not permanent feelings. They can disappear the same way they came, that’s why it must not be allowed to push us to do something bad before they vanish.

Emotions are prone to change. When we change our perceptions of things and others and handle our experiences with ourselves and the things/people around us well.

These Tips Might Help

  • Know that negative emotions are unavoidable and temporal feelings, do not give them more room to grow and blow you up.
  • Indulge in “feel good” or pleasant activities to relax and get yourself right back. Talk with a family or friend, take a walk and think about nature, read books that make you feel better.
  • Do not go over things that trigger negative emotions repeatedly in your mind. Let them go. Do not allow all the negative past events to drag you down. Forget them.
  • I will not tell you how powerful outdoor exercise can be. Find that out yourself.

Fiez

Have a blessed week aheadđź’–

Florence Ezekafor View All

I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
A huge part of my life is spent with my lovely family and I'm a proud mother to three brilliant kids.

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