“ Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite, are yet so contrived by nature as to be constant companions; and it is a fact that the same motions and muscles of the face are employed both in laughing and crying.”- Charron
This week I’d like to share a special life lesson I learnt from Shirley an acquaintance of mine. She compared the human emotions of man to different cooking ingredients viz, salt, chilly, turmeric, coriander, pepper,etc.That set me thinking and I came up with this powerful nugget! 😉
All of us are familiar with Emotions, both positive and negative. Positive emotions include joy, happiness, excitement, gratitude, pleasure etc. Some examples of Negative emotions are anger, fear, guilt, shame, pain. Often, in an attempt to be positive, we may try to ignore/eliminate our negative emotions. However, negative emotions are actually useful information providers about our environment and they do have a very important place in our lives.
Let me illustrate this with a few egs : 1) A healthy fear before an exam ensures proper preparation. Fear out of control on the other hand may prevent us from even appearing for the exam. 2) Anger expressed in a controlled manner commands the respect of others and also ensures that we get what we want in life rather than blindly accepting anything offered to us whether we want it or not.
Using the ingredients from a masala-box out of proportion (too little salt or too much of pepper/chilly) will definitely spoil the curry. Similarly we require both positive and negative emotions to the right degree in our life for a properly balanced personality. In other words, the right degree of negative and positive emotions spice up our lives just as all the ingredients of the masala box make a delicious curry.
“ A middle estate is safest; as a middle temper of the sea, between a still calm and a violent tempest, is most helpful to convey the mariner to his haven.”- Swinnock.
You see friends, nothing in this life is an unmixed blessing; so let us be wise and walk the middle path; enjoy its benefits and shun its evils.
Nugget of Life : My dad always says “Too much of anything is good for nothing!”
Have a marvelous week!