Week 23 – Mastering My Emotions

Mastering my emotions.  Interesting.  I was removing (or obliterating) the word “will” from Scroll VI from Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World the other day when I happened on a passage that really intrigued me.  “Inside me is a wheel, constantly turning from sadness to joy, from exultation to depression, from happiness to melancholy.”

When I started to think about what was being said in that passage, I was amazed that I had never really gave this much thought or paid any attention to this before.  I just sort of took it in stride and overlooked the fact that my moods changed like they did.  One morning I was ready to seize the day, the next I was as grumpy as a grizzly bear that had just awakened from hibernation, hungry and mean.bear-48196__180

So why did this all of a sudden become so important?  Why did this just catch my eye?  After all, I had been reading Scroll VI for over 15 days.  Why was I just now seeing it?

There is a two part answer in my way of thinking.  At least it creates a sensible answer to me.

I have heard and somewhat experienced the saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”That is part of the story.  The other part is what made me aware and pay attention to this.  I went through a “mood swing” in such a way as I haven’t done in quite some time – maybe ever.  What was a beautiful day the previous day became a hellish “I can’t take it anymore” next day.

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Hmm.  Recognizing negative emotions and turning them into an asset?  It crossed my mind but too late for the incident in question.

Then I started removing “will” from the Og text.  “Today I master my emotions”, not the other way around.  When I really contemplated the situation, I knew that this was more or less a wake-up call.  It made me not only aware of the moods and emotions of everyday life, but the big picture is that I am being much more attentive to this phenomenon.

So now, when I get up in the morning, I pay attention to my mood, do mental exercises to change the mood if necessary with the goal of creating the type of day I want.


Why?  You and I have to seriously want what we are wishing for in order to create it.

Funny how serious life can be when you don’t expect it, isn’t it?

Until next time, think right, live right.

Marilyn Holloway says March 22, 2016

Such a thoughtful post, revealing how much you are the observer. And what a gift that was when those words of Og’s turned your thinking around! Thank you for sharing this.

    Ken Petersen says March 24, 2016

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Marilyn. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

Richard Barton says March 20, 2016

Mastering our emotions. Isn’t it wonderful that they change? “Today I begin a new life.” Thanks for sticking with it and being the light to the rest of us.

    Ken Petersen says March 24, 2016

    Thank you, Richard. I appreciate your support.

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