Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 3 - Abandoning the little girl (Don't react)


Oct 13, 2010

Does abandoning the little girl mean reprieving myself entirely of everything emotional or does it instead entail re-tooling what emotion means in the scope of functional living?

I found myself watching Mad Men again and recognizing a very familiar little girl and a very familiar mother. A therapist instructing the little girl to behave in front of her mother but to always know how she felt inside. Would that have been what therapy taught me as a little girl? Behave and acknowledge?

Truthfully, I never learned how to do either particularly well. But perhaps understanding that the emotions that drive current reactions can actually be tempered and maybe with deeper consideration, emotions might provide for function, not paralysis. Learning to acknowledge, receive, and not simply react - Now that's something to ponder.

6:29 PM

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