Every day my alarm goes off at 6:00 AM for my routine walk before I head to the studio.
Some days I eagerly anticipate my walk.
Some days I am resistant.
Some days I invalidate the alarm, for surely it cannot already be 6:00 AM!
In the wee small hours of the morning, it can be difficult to ascertain my feelings, and whether or not they'll guide me. But I've learned the payoff of early morning exercise is worth it...
So I try not to let my emotions direct my steps.
Slogans like, "No pain, no gain," exist as motivation to push past our feelings.
However, "Don't stuff your feelings," is an equally important adage, less we find ourselves detached, feeling numb and flat, unable to fully engage the joys and sorrows of being awake to life.
Sometimes though, emotions should determine our next steps.
There's a question I ask that I think helps determine whether, in a given situation, we follow or override our emotions. I think it works rather well.
"Is present Roy taking care of future Roy?"
Meaning – is what I decide at this moment going to serve my best interest and the interests of those I care about, in the future?
When it comes to my 6:00 AM wake-up call, I feel quite certain, future Roy will thank me for my emotional override.
When it comes to laughing with loved ones, crying at a movie, swooning at music, letting a poem move me, or attending to little myriad everyday wonders …. I feel quite certain future Roy will thank me for taking the time to feel.
To feel or not to feel, that is the question.
Is present You taking care of future You?