Picture emotions as sharp points, like thorns. When they prick us, they cause discomfort or even pain.
One of our self-defense is always staying busy. We live hard and so fast that the truth of our lives can’t catch up with us. We fill every ounce of white space with something so there’s no room or time for emotion to make itself known.
But no matter what we use, we can’t selectively numb emotions. When we numb the dark, we also numb the light. When “taking the edge off” with a couple of glasses of red wine becomes routine, our experiences of joy and love and trust will become duller, too.
Thoughts from Rising Strong Book – Brene Brown