It sucks our time, our health, our happiness, our creativity, our courage, our energy, our dreams, and it sucks the joy out of our day. The constant crash of negative waves also erodes our bodies, literally making us sick.
Picture swimming in an oil spill of anger, fear, resentment, worry, stress, excuses, judgment, gossip, and guilt—polluting your life by complaining, blaming, whining, worrying, and wallowing. (“There’s no time” . . . “Things are so hard” . . . “I’m so tired” . . . “I don’t feel good” . . . “It’s not fair” . . . “I need absolute control over the future” . . . “OMG, the Internet isn’t working!”) Being sucked under by the riptide of I can’t instead of soaring on the wild ride of I can!
Emotion is energy, and energy always runs out when it is not fed.
So don’t feed the fear. Feed the love.
Like in the Indian fable of the two wolves inside each of us.
A Cherokee elder spoke to his grandson about the wolves within.
“A fight is going on inside me. It is a battle between two wolves.
One is Evil. It is fear, anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, selfpity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is love, courage, joy, peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” And the Cherokee elder replied . . .
“The one you feed.”
Jimmy Brandmeier: Be Who You Are, A Song For My Children