Emotions can be uncomfortable. I know mine often get in the way of me getting things done, thwarting my wish to be an amazing compartmentalizing robot that can take care of work unimpeded when necessary, yet connect deeply with flesh-and-blood beings in a way that gives my life depth and humanity.
In my quest to balance business, pleasure and meaning (because I unfortunately have found I cannot exist in a world where I ignore my feelings), I often find my inner emotional world full of love, hope, loss and longing getting in the way of productivity. And I am trying to embrace that this is just what it means to have a well-lived live.
In celebration of our charged, inconvenient inner world, I bring you a series of quotes about emotions.
“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 (from The Picture of Dorian Gray)
“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” — Brian Jacques (from Taggerung)
“… To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness/But life without meaning is the torture/Of restlessness and vague desire—/It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.” — Edgar Lee Masters (From “George Gray”)