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  • Writer's pictureChaplain Stephen

Don't Let Feelings Be Your Steering Wheel

“No matter the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.” - Unknown

One of the frequent challenges we normally have in Orange County, CA is the traffic. The guy that cut you off because apparently his destination was way more important than yours, the lady that had no idea what she was doing as she weaved from lane to lane, or the little old man that is oblivious to any other cars on the freeway. These situations can add so much additional stress to our already stressful days. I have heard some of the most creative similes, metaphors and just down right insults come out to mouths of otherwise civil, kind and forgiving people; not because they suddenly stop being civil, kind or forgiving, but because they felt overwhelmed by their emotions. Feeling overwhelmed can be a powerful influence on us. We can even get to the point that our emotions dictate our actions and responses to everything.

I think we should remember that “Feelings don’t have an IQ” - Dr. Laura Schlessinger. If we respond and react based on how we feel, it would be a course for a lot of mistakes and failures. So, if you start feeling overwhelmed - take a breath, center yourself by saying a prayer, listening to some uplifting music, talking to a trusted friend, but try to form the habit of thinking before you speak, and remember not to allow your emotions to be your steering wheel.

“Don’t let people who don’t care about you, manipulate your mind,  feelings and emotions or control how you think about yourself. Never  give that much power to someone else." - Karon Waddell   

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--

think about such things.” - Philippians:7-8

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