“Forgiveness is a decision, not an emotion. Hopefully, though, our emotions follow.”
That’s pretty powerful. I think this is applicable to other nouns as well. Love is an emotion. We can’t control how we feel. But we can control our actions. If we decide to. It seems logical that hate too, is an emotion. But is it? Or do we decide to hate because of how something or someone makes us feel? Do we hate because we’re angry – another emotion. Or because we’re afraid? Hurt? Envious? I’m not a psychologist by any means. I took Psych 101 my freshman year of college and an ethics class as an exchange student 2011. That’s about the level of education I really have on this topic. I also remember my senior year of high school health class where my teacher professed there are only 3 emotions and everything else stems from them. Those were fear, anger, and love.
But aren’t these the very things that motivate us to make the decisions we make? You don’t do something you don’t enjoy without a reason. It makes someone you care about happy. It pays bills. Whatever. There’s some kind of reward to it that you can see. At any rate. Isn’t it a good premise to abandon grudges? Use your energy on something you enjoy rather than stewing about something you hate? I’m not saying it’s easy. But if we decide to move on and focus on the better… isn’t that better for everyone?
My $0.02. Happy Sunday! Hakuna Matata!