June 10th, 2009
Do you have a tender heart and experience strong emotions? Can you cry for no decent reason, and laugh a few minutes later? Does it feel like other people’s emotions sometimes invade your own? What about intuition and knowing things you shouldn’t? If you said yes to all of the above then welcome to the club. When growing up, I wondered if I’d been inflicted with a mysterious ailment. Was this a blessing or curse?
Sad movies, even when I’m cozy with plot, still manage to make me boo hoo every time. Little Women for example; Beth gets sick. She dies young. “Get the Kleenex ready,” my children say. “Moms watching Little Women.” They find my reactions humorous, but touching too.
Emotional types tend to laugh loudly too. They usually know how to have a grand time. This flip flop of feeling, I finally realized, was not a curse. We are the way we are for good reason. Better to belly up to our personalities so we can live down to the bones. This takes courage in a world that pops your hand when not conforming. Follow the rules. Do this. Why can’t you be more like so and so? Now how would you know that? Quit crying. Stop laughing. Conform, conform, conform, dang you.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always skirted around the rules I could. Walked outside lines. Questioned. It’s surely not the only way to go, but the route is quite lively.
However we choose to go through life, we fight, cry, laugh and dance along as best we can, with what we know. Just when we’ve grown quite fond of old habits and worn out ways of thinking, change barges in and turns our world topsy turvy. Shaking us like coin purses, we crash and pick ourselves back up. Our purse can then be filled with new, shiny change. At least I think that’s how it works. I’ll get back to you on this.
Be kinder than necessary for we are all fighting a battle. This is a golden sentence. I’m not sure who said it, but they were extremely wise. Despite our personality types we are on equal battle ground here. The best we can do is pick each other up when we stumble. And remember to laugh!
Emotional rescue at its finest.