I'm always surprised by the power of really big emotions. I try to pay attention to my heart, feed it, listen to it, and make choices with it in mind. But really, I count on my mind being in control. And it usually is. But then something happens that really ramps up the emotions and suddenly the mind is but a gnat being swatted from one's face.
I forgot what a rollercoaster making big deals is. I'm so glad I'm married, because I don't think I could take falling in love and breaking up. I'm so thankful I can't get fired (since I have no boss) because that causes intense emotions too.
I don't mind strong positive emotions, gratitude, sympathy, joy. But I suspect you've got to dabble a bit in the negatives to truly have access to the positives.
Yesterday, I tried to run away from my emotions by going to the Botanical Gardens. Surprise, surprise, my emotions came with me.
But I did get this great shot of a Lotus in bloom. I don't think I've ever seen one in bloom up close. I would have sworn it was plastic. As I fell into a wonderous gaze, I forgot, just for a moment, the rest of the world. And in that moment, I found tranquility.