We cannot moderate our emotions if we’re unaware of them—or, worse, if we’re aware of them but hide them to support the dismal fiction of imperviousness, of a man who doesn’t hurt.
Whatever we do excessively, we do defectively. Thinking, for example. The less we think, the better we think. And (bonus!) the better our memory. Alzheimer’s is a state of exhaustion.
Every condition carries within it the seed of its opposite. In success, failure. In happiness, sadness. In gain, loss. In health, sickness. In birth, death.
Life is bipolar.
Donald Babcock: See how ducks cuddle in the swells.
As you know, we are not in control of what happens. The only thing we can control is our response to what happens. Now, anger is not a response to what happens; it’s a reaction. A reaction prolongs and makes worse the very condition it seeks to annihilate.