time to get started on the promise to stand in and accept all emotions, staying true to the premise that recognizing what is possible to control and doing that, while assessing what can't be controlled, and accepting that, is our best human accomplishment. i can be such a scaredy cat about sadness or fear, and find myself going to great effort to avoid those nasty feelings. but truly, it is altogether a different experience to just face them, allow them, and observe as they dissipate. why is it that doing this each time somehow doesn't readily come to mind? i'm constantly having to remind myself, and still so often automatically resort to the usual remedies, lacking though they always are.
i'm already doing better, however, and plan to practice, practice.