Emotional health is true wealth

Feelings are like plants. Some are fit for consumption and some aren’t. It’s important to know the difference. Like waves, as emotions roll inside us, we can choose to ride them or we can wave them on.

Hazardous emotions aren’t good for your environment. They can be handled with caution and disposed of safely. Emotional health is true wealth.

If you can reject manipulation by people trying to force you to obey them, then you can reject compulsive thoughts and feelings. Emotions are controllable. It’s not easy, but we can learn to manage them–to turn them on or to turn them off. Life can be a blender creating a soothing, emotional smoothie, or a dicer, chopping up our inner peace, depending on how we run it.

You can’t hold two conflicting emotions at the same moment. If you lock into one, it locks the other out. Choose positive emotions. If you lock into negative emotions, they will lock you down, but if you pick up positive emotions they will lift you up.

Inside of you, anger and laughter both can’t prevail. When you clearly see the funny, the mad will turn tail and leave.

Emotional motion can be good or bad. Let positive emotions move you, while courageously resisting negative ones. Peace of mind harbors positive emotions; anxiety welcomes negative ones.

Emotional servitude is bondage. We can learn to serve honesty, kindness, and righteousness, rather than our feelings. To believe that emotions can’t be controlled is to give away your freedom and become their prisoner.

People who advocate accepting all your emotions, seem to resist their tender, caring emotions that tend to produce public tears. However, if people can learn to resist tender emotions that they see as embarrassing, they can learn to resist negative emotions as well.

We’re often told that it’s not good to suppress your feelings, but then we’re prescribed drugs to do that very thing. That’s a contradiction!

Thoughts, feelings, and desires will all lie to you. It’s best to fact check before you believe and/or follow them.

Amusement brings pleasure to the emotions, but musing brings insight to the mind. A good “aha” is priceless!

Natural selection,
Letting your feelings
Flow without your direction,
Is a dereliction.

Emotional health isn’t a heart empty of emotional activity, but one that cultivates helpful emotions while resisting harmful ones. Negative emotions are warning signs that something is off in your thinking.

Without inner energy, we give in to negative feelings, desires, and thoughts. We need a daily inspirational charge!

Negative emotions aren’t just a waste of energy. They also tend to produce harmful consequences.

When appreciated, valued, and treated with consistent kindness, it’s rare for people to respond with hostility. Instead they tend to respond with positive emotions.

Your feelings
Are sometimes untrue
And if you’re not careful,
They will trick you.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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2 Responses to Emotional health is true wealth

  1. Jon says:

    Great poem and lots of good practical tips!

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