Yesterday I was in a piss poor mood. I don’t know why. Nothing happened to put me in a piss poor mood. I was just in one. Yes, it was Monday but I’m not usually in piss poor moods on Mondays. Most Mondays are fine. It was raining but it’s raining today and I’m not in a piss poor mood today but I was yesterday.
What can you say about your moods other than they come and go? It’s not the same for everyone. Some people have more emotional control. Others are prone to go wherever these mysterious moods take them.
The common view is that emotions are chaotic and therefore need suppression. This is one of those gigantic half-truths people spend their entire lives fulfilling. Those of us who’ve spent years suppressing emotions know that emotions are both good and bad. A better word than chaotic may be broad. Emotions can take you to the heights of experience and also the depths. A total suppression of emotion leads to something like narrowness where one must stay right at the center and is bound by reasonability at all times and is unable to pursue passionate actions.
On the other hand no suppression or emotional control leads to its own negations. The highs and lows of emotion that can come unpredictably like weather patterns are often not our best selves, even though they may be our first response. A total surrendering to them would lead to something too broad, too unpredictable, and unchecked by rationale input from ourselves and others. Our emotions are not always right. Sometimes they only consider one side of the story and sometimes cannot even do that much.
As humans we all have access to both reason and emotion, each of which plays a role. To give one too much power diminishes the other.
I’m feeling more upbeat today but I’m only human.
© Daniel Douglas