Pursuit of Happiness

The Sea of Emotion

Dear Fellow Crafters, This month we will explore the sea of emotion.


“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf”. Jonatan Martensson Have you ever thought about your emotions, how your express yourself, and how you react in difficult situations? Emotion Regulation is the ability to make conscious decisions about how to express, internalize, communicate and experience emotions. It’s what allows some people to remain calm in the face of extreme danger. There were reports of a priest by the name of Father Mychal Judge who in the first moments of 911 when chaos was all around him remained extremely calm. He seemed, some said, to be talking to himself. In actuality, he was probably praying. The people who can think rationally in emotionally charged situations (like first responders) or the people who can handle difficult circumstances in ways that maintain rather than damage relationships with others – these are people who have mastered the “art” of regulating their emotions. There are people who assume that emotions are irrational. “We can’t control them.” Did you know that in actuality, there exists a moment in time between the event and your reaction to it. Take for example this scenario: You are a participant at a craft show and someone is questioning one of your “masterpieces”.They seem to be overly critical. How do you react?  OR, you are in the rubber stamp aisle of your favorite craft store. A group of people are standing around their leader, who, in your opinion, is giving bad advice about a product you are an expert at. What do you do? Control of emotions is extremely personal. Strategies depend not only on the person using them but also by emotions. Taking deep breaths, going for a walk, practicing mindfulness techniques can help. If you are using a journal on this Pursuit Journey, why not take some time and write about your emotional experiences. “Til next month, ~Sallie

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