We seem to live in a fix-it world. Margaret discusses why sometimes uncertainty or discomfort is exactly where we need to be. Why we should live an emotional existence, should give in to the voice of our heart for life’s journey, how the lessons of nature itself can be applied to our own journey of change, and why embracing both negative and positive emotions can be the richest source of growth to help us learn far more about ourselves than we may have realised.
- Life is made up of challenges that test our emotions. We are told that some of these emotional responses are bad and should be shunned. It’s natural to want to avoid these emotions, but when we shun negatives, we also inevitably shun positives.
- Only by embracing all emotions can we become fully-formed, high-functioning human beings. It’s okay to feel sad, scared or anger. They teach us about ourselves.
- Every difficult life situation can either result in fruitlessness and folly, or provide personal and spiritual growth. The result is up to us.
- You always have three basic choices in how you respond to situations – to fight and tough it out, flee and not deal with it, or freeze and become numb.
‘There’s no comfortable way to say this – sometimes life sucks’
‘It’s important to know that both types of emotions are necessary’
‘What you resist, persists’
‘Our feelings can either set us free or freak us out’
ABOUT THE HOST
A few years ago, Margaret underwent several life-threatening traumas, including domestic abuse, and almost killed by her ex-partner, kidney and brain cancer, mental health issues, and a near-death experience. Her life was encapsulated in darkness, and she welcomed the thought of dying. From a breakdown to a breakthrough, these words from Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search For Meaning, changed her life forever: “The existence of life is to suffer; to survive is to find meaning in suffering.” Once she became aware of this, her life changed, and choose to live each day like it’s her last…