I was having my daily devotional with prayer and scripture study when I started thinking about feelings. Happy feelings. Sad feelings. I started thinking about the feelings I show to world and the feelings I keep to myself. With all those feelings running around my head, I knew I had to do something to validate them. I wrote words to describe the various feelings I had felt that week. Frustrated. Happy. Cute. Scared. Hope. Fat. I then put the opposite of each feeling next to my first list. Certainty. Sad. Unsure. Brave. Fear. Beautiful. I did something kind of unusual but it felt right. I said hello to each feeling. “Hello Frustrated. I know you’re here. It’s okay to be here. You are teaching me something and when it is safe to feel Certainty you will leave. Until that time, I love and honor you Frustrated”. It was especially interesting to say hello to feelings that I normally consider positive ,such as happy, and at the same time acknowledge that it is also safe to feel sad.
After my little validation ceremony, I just sat down on my bed and thought about the beauty of all feelings. What have your feelings taught you today?
My latest challenge is going well. I’m 17 days into not buying Fast Food.