“To feel deeply we need to ensure time is granted and permission was
given to investigate.”
I was at work today and my daughter, who is currently on school holidays in Melbourne hanging with her brother (having a ball), just sent me a photograph of some terrific new shoes she bought. What did I do? I sent her an Emoji – a smiley face one (not even very creative) – while in the bathroom in the rush of the in-between meetings mode!
I find it interesting that Emojis have become so much a part of our fast-paced, everyday life to express how we are feeling about something posted on a friend’s social media page or to respond to a text to a family member.
We have to give them some credit – they are convenient because they are timesaving, BUT they are also limited in their expression.
- Happy, and of course…
- So much laughter, I am crying!!
To know our true emotions, we need to give ourselves two things:
- We need to give ourselves time, and
- We need to give ourselves permission to investigate the full range of emotion
So that we understand ourselves better, for ourselves and those around us.
Here’s a cool little tool to help you further examine your feelings for yourself, or perhaps with your children.
So, next time when my child shares with me that she has purchased a new pair of shoes, on her own, in a big city, and they look hot – perhaps I need to let her know a little bit more than a smiley-face Emjoi can express.
“I’m feeling very proud of your success right now sweetheart. Well done. Can’t wait to see them on you.”