This month we are reading Chapter Thirteen, The Scroll Marked VI of Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World.”
“Today I will be a master of my emotions.”
“And how will I master my emotions so that every day is a happy day, and productive one? I will learn this secret of the ages: Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. Each day, when I awaken, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure—
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will remember past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be master of my emotions.”
I’m finding this Scroll VI fascinating because now more than ever we have so much information coming to us each day. It can be overwhelming at times because of technology. It really gets down to how we handle everything and that’s where our emotions come in. We receive so many thoughts of our own, however, think about all the thoughts you receive from people you know.
Years ago you would get another persons thought by spending a few moments or some amount of time with them. Perhaps it would be in person or a phone call. Fast forward to the present day and we can look all around us and look at people and they may be engaged in a conversation while also checking their phone for a text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Linkin, you name it, you can be bringing information in just a few hours or less that use to be a weeks worth. All of that stimulation can cause one to get off track or be on an emotional roller coaster. When you are driving your car, how many billboards are there with information, signs, advertising all over the place. We are thoroughly saturated with different thoughts coming in all the time. What do these thoughts do to our emotions? Do you think sometimes it can be like a roller coaster?
So what are we to do, throw away our communications that we have gotten so attached to? Perhaps it would help to just check your email at certain times of the day, along with checking social media the same way. Can you do that? Can you control those emotions? Perhaps we would be better served by doing so to keep our emotions from getting bombarded and thereby have control of our actions.
Enjoy mastering your emotions,
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