Ever have a time when you felt really upset, sad, disappointed, and just wanted it all to go away?
That was me last weekend, right in the middle of some relaxing family time.
I got a message from my step-sister regarding legal paperwork regarding my father’s death a year ago that needed input from me to close out, and it stirred up all these emotions I didn’t want to deal with.
I felt angry. Disappointed. Resentful. And most surprising, sad.
My first instinct was to just stop feeling it – to just stomp it down.
Trying Not to Feel is Often Our First Instinct
It can be easy to try to numb your feelings.
Especially when we have other things to do, and can’t afford to be a walking-hot-mess.
But when you numb out to avoid painful feelings, you miss out on all the good ones too.
Put a casserole in the freezer, and everything freezes – the peas, the noodles, and the gravy.
How to Handle Unpleasant Feelings
And that means opening up your heart and allowing yourself to feel whatever’s there.
Today I invite you to take a look at where you might be freezing your own casserole, and start thawing that thing out!
Do it for yourself. And do it for the people you touch.
Because there’s a whole lot of good to experience when we have the strength to be truly open to what’s going on inside.
Jewell “Defrosting” Siebert