“Today I will be master of my emotions.” – The Greatest Secret in the World
By Og Mandino – The Scroll Marked V
To master my emotions is to be aware of the fleeting nature of my moods. The other side of what I currently feel looms just around the corner. So take stock of what is currently being felt and experienced and know that it will change. Yet also know that if that which is being felt and experienced is not producing the desired benefit, then take action to change it.
I would tell my children when they were old enough to understand it, “Fear takes you out of action, but action takes you out of fear.” It was a valuable lesson for them when they were in school and sometimes feeling overwhelmed. They repeated it to me once when they were much older and I had forgotten that I had once told it to them.
They told it to me at a time when I was in need of that lesson. A new chapter in my life was creating a joy and doubt cycle – retirement. The joy coming from being free of the routine and grind of a job and the doubt coming from the uncertainty of the next phase of activity.
So I rely on a lesson that I taught years ago to my children. I rely on a lesson that my children awakened in me. Don’t get too high, don’t get too low, know that the ego can get you into trouble.