When you watch the things that happen around you or to you in your life, what do you watch for? Do you watch for things that will make you happy? Do you watch for things that will make you sad? Do you watch for things that will get you angry, or feel kind? This needs some real attention!
Yes, there are times when you don’t feel well: you’re sick, or you’ve just heard some bad news, or someone called you something cruel. Sometimes your emotions “think” for you: when you’re angry about something, you can’t help but look at what else makes you angry, or what else makes you feel sorry for yourself. Your emotions color your life, like looking through sunglasses. If the sunglasses you are wearing are bright orange, then you won’t be able to see the color blue very well, or green. That’s just the way it is.
But what is strange, and is something you have to remember, is that, having emotions is like wearing sunglasses. When you wear sunglasses long enough, your mind gets used to thinking that the colors you see are the colors that are really there. When you take the sunglasses off, you might suddenly realize that the color of the sky looks different, and that you can see the flowers in front of you much differently. Your emotions are like sunglasses: you can get so used to being angry, all the time, or sad all the time, that you think that this is the way your life really is. It takes practice to put your emotions aside so you can see the real colors of your life again.