Nothing expresses the emotions that we feel like the songs we listen. Whether it is new or lost love, songs will always be able to tell the joys or the angst that you are feeling. In the opinion of some, our emotions are reflective of our thoughts while others believe that emotions are the driving force
“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ― Oscar Wilde
Whatever your view, Christmas is one of those times of the year when emotions run either high or low. This past week in our posts we covered this issue of emotional management during the holiday season – pointedly as well as indirectly. Judging from the post that was most visited, it would seem that you our readers understood this and the importance of enjoying the season or at least getting through it with your emotions in balance.
Best of the Week Emotions
In our most visited post, “Emptying Yourself This Holiday Season,” while there was no sub-title declaring the underlying topic as emotions management, introducing and discussing the word “kenosis,” the practice of daily self-emptying was highlighted. Readers were invited to check themselves and their understanding of the “reason for the season” as they go about their Christmas activities. What is the driving force for the purchases, the gifts you choose to give or the way you celebrate the season? Knowing what emotions are leading you into the holidays and beyond is a great way to make sure that your spending and celebrating are really from a balanced place and not to impress others. Check out that post if you will and share your thoughts in the comments below.
“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…” ― Nicholas Sparks
It was very interesting to read the comments you left below our second most visited post of the week. “Music To Your Ears This Christmas,” was intended to be just that – a lighthearted conversation about songs at this time of the year that lift our emotions. What really impressed me about the comments is that some of you admitted not being too fond of Christmas music at one point or another in your lives.
Personally, as you might have figured by now, Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year,” to me. However, there have been years that Christmas was not welcomed as it bore reminders of happier ones and my emotions were on the lower end. Thankfully, even then some songs, like Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, always broke through my despair and brought a smile to my lips. Have a read of that post, if you missed it, and share with me some of your emotions when you listen to Christmas songs and carols.
“I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I don’t think being sad is to be avoided. It’s apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. Maybe that’s sadistic of me.” ― Joseph Gordon-Levitt
As someone said in the comments below the third most read post of the week, “Reduce Christmas Stress: Hug A Dog,” it really is ironic that the holidays can be the most stress-filled time of the year as well – at least for some. Those who have experienced loss of any kind can find the holidays extremely stressful and so we had a simple suggestion – visit with the best stress doctors in town – at the animal shelter.
Next week at this time, those of us who do celebrate Christmas will be in the middle of our hustle and bustle of the big day. There will be no round up post to cap the week but what we will most certainly have next week is a new Contributor in our midst.
Fellow blogger and laugh-master (or should that be mistress or madam?), Mardene Carr, will join us here as our fashion guru. Mardene is a tech-savvy Librarian with over 15 years experience in library services and research. She has advanced knowledge of Integrated Library Systems and in-depth understanding of collection analysis, library instruction, library automation and general library operations. While she is currently pursuing a MPhil in Pastoral Counselling, her role here will be as an Image Consultant. Mardene runs a blog of her own but we have agreed to collaborate in this area – as it is one where I am completely lacking.
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