While listening to Mark J share about the emotion of anger this week, I had a sudden epiphany!
As he spoke of the emotion of anger, and how it can be used positively as a source of power, I was transported in my mind to my 13-year-old self, up to bat in a softball game. I was the pitcher, but also had developed an ability to hit the ball out of the park.
I had “discovered” the secret of getting power behind my swing, not by mere physical strength. Through experimentation, trial and error, when I approached the mound as I came up to bat, I would focus ALL of my attention on one thing, letting the crowds around me, the noise, and everything else fade into the background. Then, I would recall to mind the emotion of an event hat had angered me, not the event itself. I was not prone to anger and had a pretty happy childhood, so this did require some focused attention.
Even today, I can recall the first time I felt extreme anger. I was 10 years old at the time. And did not know exactly what to do with that anger. I recall going outside to be alone, and crying out to God, and “venting to Him”, and in my young heart, asking for help about what to do with this emotion, because I really felt at odds with the strength of the emotion and helpless to know where to put it all.
So, as I was taking my stance, warming up my swing, and making all of the small but necessary preparations that didn’t require any real thought, I was rehearsing in my mind the emotion of such an event, not the event itself, because that would be a distraction, bring it to life, and I would use the “power” of that anger to knock it out of the ball park.
Quite suddenly and unexpectedly, I understood what Mark and Davene were conveying to us! BAM! My 13-year old self knew how to do this! I had learned how to be the master of my emotions, and make them work for me instead of against me.
And now, half a century later, I am learning to R2A2, (recognize, relate, assimilate and apply), every “negative” emotion, and use it for a good result,.. one that will work toward the furtherance of my Definite Major Purpose in life, and for the good of others.
I am thrilled beyond measure to have these “Master Keys” to unlock treasures of wisdom for living a life with purpose and on purpose!
“I am the master of my emotions.” -Og Mandino
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