Sorting Out The Emotions

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Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.~ Pema Chodron

Emotions run high as one reads the news headlines.  Following the attack on the US Capital last Wednesday, FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week. Are we over-reacting?


But, if a person were on the Capital Hill protesting or being protested, wouldn’t the person be worried somebody maybe looking for him or her? Regardless, one thing certain is that built-up emotional energy needs relief.  And the off-ramp hopefully is a constructive one.

In that context, the Pema Chodron’s quote above has a calming effect for me.  One, it lets me know that fear is natural and part of being human. Two, I need to let it run its course.  And three, perhaps through all the fear and angers, we can move closer to the truth.

How are you feeling about where we are headed?

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2 Responses to Sorting Out The Emotions

  1. OmniRunner says:

    It’s obvious that people from several walks of life in the USA are profoundly unhappy.
    Between BLM and the revolt of the idiots there is a lot of anger and resentment on display.
    When people feel they cannot get a fair shake or justice, they take to the street.
    Maybe we are seeing that our economic and legal systems do not work for a large portion of our population.
    We can ignore these people and continue to enable the wealthy or we can face the truth:
    Wages have not kept up with the cost of living and money buys “justice” in America.
    We either address these issues or face dire consequences.


    • terryshen says:

      Yes Andy, I agree. Many deep rooted issues have been swept under the rug for years if not decades. Issues like racial injustice, wealth inequality, predatory capitalism are all examples that are inconvenient for political or quick fixes.

      These are systemic problems. Unless we tackle them in a more holistic way, we will be dealing with them over and over. Sad to say, even the Covid-19 pandemic is not being addressed holistically. It will take leadership. Alternatively as we have it enough people are fed up and demanding attentions.


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