Quotes for
the Journey:

Emotions

  

   
But human beings are like
that, she thought.  We've replaced
nearly all our emotions with fear.

Paulo Coelho

   

If we think about emotion this way--as outside-in, not inside out--it is possible to understand how some people can have an enormous amount of influence over others. Some of us, after all, are very good at expressing emotions and feelings, which means that we are far more emotionally contagious than the rest of us.      -Malcolm Gladwell

   

We would never move forward in the face of negative emotion. There are many people who would teach you otherwise. They say, you've got to face fear to get over it. And all they do is desensitize themselves to the point that they get themselves into situations where they have no idea what's going on, and the end of them comes rather abruptly. . . And then everyone calls them brave.      -Esther Hicks

   
Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.      -Carl Jung
   
It is hard for people to think clearly because their emotional needs keep getting in the way.  The trick is to make thinking clearly an emotional need.      -George Hammond
    
I don't own my emotions unless I can think about them. I am not afraid of feeling but I am afraid of feeling unthinkingly. I don't want to drown. My head is my heart's lifebelt.      -Jeanette Winterson, Gut Symmetries
   
Politicians and others are stuck in a horrible world where being emotional in any way counts as being unbalanced, and unable to think clearly. For me, emotions are thought.      -Hofesh Shechter

    
Go through the proper motions each day and you'll soon begin to feel the corresponding emotions!     -George W. Crane
   
If you believe everything you feel is an illusion then you’re delusional.  Your emotion is part you. You’re made with it. Denying it and thinking it is all your mind, is denying your existence.      -Ann Marie Aguilar
   
Emotions are like muscles. Most of them go highly unattended, it's usually the weaker, undefined ones that cause injury to the rest, and there is most certainly memory response in play.      -Erica Goros
   
Just like children, emotions heal when they are heard and validated.       -Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight
   
If you keep your emotions locked in a box, then when you want to open it one day you'll find that they're gone.      -M.D. Arnold
   
How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.      -Judith Orloff
   
Lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps our most effective means of cross-species communication.  We can share our emotions, we can understand the language of feelings, and that's why we form deep and enduring social bonds with many other beings. Emotions are the glue that binds.      -Marc Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals
  
It is one of the great troubles of life that we cannot have any unmixed emotions.  There is always something in our enemy that we like, and something in our sweetheart that we dislike.      -William Butler Yeats
   
We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives.  One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.      -Merle Shain
   
Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.'       -Mitch Albom (quoting Morrie Schwartz), Tuesdays With Morrie
   
Do not let another day go by where your dedication to other people's opinions is greater than your dedication to your own emotions!      -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
   
Emotions give life texture and depth, but there's an art to managing our moods.  Once we cultivate inner balance we can immerse ourselves fully in every experience without fear of going overboard.  When we're conversant with our emotions, we learn to nurture positive feelings and defuse disturbing ones.      -Joan Duncan Oliver, Good Karma
   
After many years of training myself, strong emotions are now a trigger for me to look at something. I think that all emotions are triggers for us to grow in our level of consciousness.      -LeVar Burton
    
The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.      -Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight
   

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By starving emotions, we become humorless, rigid, and stereotyped; by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and holier-than-thou; encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it.     -Joseph Collins
  
Emotions are more intense forms of feelings.  The feeling of sadness may build into grief, the feeling of irritation can become a fierce rage.  The distinguishing characteristic of emotion is that it dominates our attention and cannot be ignored, while a feeling can remain in the background of awareness.     -John Wetwood
  
We are all human beings.  We have emotions.  Men and women just express them differently.  That is the difference between us.  Women want to talk about their emotions, whereas men want to privately deal with them and think them through.     -John Gray
  
When you feel yourself in the grip of an emotion such as jealousy or anger or sorrow, detach yourself from it.  Take a step back.  When you do that, you can allow the emotion to run through you without causing negative thoughts or actions.     -Gary Zukav
  
All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.     -Rainer Maria Rilke
  
We become our own enemy when we are thrown out of balance by anger, hatred, grief, or any other intense emotion.  We are for the time being obsessed by something alien.     -Paramananda
  
  
Most relate to the world by their emotions, which means they know only the unreality of illusion--this world of emotion is the world of duality, of love and hate, of joy and sorrow.  All emotions are relative to themselves, and last only as long as the supporting thought is maintained.     -A Spiritual Warrior
  
In the march toward Truth, anger, selfishness, hatred, naturally give way, for otherwise Truth would be impossible to attain.  A person who is swayed by negative emotions may have good enough intentions, may be truthful in word, but he or she will never find the Truth.     -Mohandas Gandhi
  
How do I change?
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.

Og Mandino
  
A few weeks ago, one of the senior managers in my group told me about a very difficult critique session he'd had with one of his women employees.  He had hired her, with great expectations of an outstanding performance.  Instead, she had not adjusted well to her new job, and her performance was lackluster.  An appraisal and perhaps a "caring confrontation" were in order.

When he told her she was not doing the job well enough, she began to cry.  She knew, she said, she was letting him down, and her own disappointment in herself embarrassed her.  Thus she cried.

"What did you do?" I asked.

"What could I do? I felt terrible.  I cried too," he said, and I couldn't help thinking about the big-time management consultant and his box of Kleenex.

In my view, that manager demonstrated two things:  He cared enough about the work that he was willing to confront someone he had a special interest in, and he cared enough about her to be hurt that she was upset.  But let me make something clear:  I'm not talking about management for and by the wimps.  In fact, I am talking about the most difficult management there is, a management without emotional hiding places.

You just can no longer be the tough guy, and you also can't come on as the impassive, ice-water-in-the-veins "cool head." On the other hand, the kindly parent who listens-and-understands- but-does-nothing approach also won't work. No, in every situation, you must lead with your real self, because if you're going to be on the leading edge of management, you sometimes must be on the emotional edge as well.

James Autry
  
Emotions are the color of life; we would be drab creatures indeed without them.  But we must control these emotions or they will control us.     -John M. Wilson
  

    

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