Emoji’s are Shallow – A Tool to Feel Deeply 1

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“To feel deeply we need to ensure time is granted and permission was

given to investigate.”

Penny Webb

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.

I feel:

  • Surprised
  • Fearful
  • Angry
  • Disgusted
  • Sad
  • Happy, and of course…
  • So much laughter, I am crying!!

To know our true emotions, we need to give ourselves two things:

  1. We need to give ourselves time, and
  2. 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.

Feeling Deeply Tool

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.”

No Regrets!


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".

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