My grandfather would walk the shoreline of Miller’s River in early spring. He loved the feeling of nature rebirthing herself – birds chirping, the hustle and bustle of chipmunks scrambling for leaves to make nests to begin mating and the likes.
On those special times when he’d invite me along, he’s point to the raging river flooding over the rocks in its path, and he’d say, “See how the river floods over those rocks, non-stop. Never let your feelings flood over you like that. If you do, they will overwhelm you, and you will make stupid choices.”
My grandfather was known as a wise man that never let his emotions get the best of him. His awareness of his feelings trying to flood his mind gave him the power to step back and think twice before reacting to an adverse situation. It took me a few decades to digest this lesson. And, I still use it today when I feel myself getting carried away. If there’s something going on that I disagree with, and I’m being taken over by my feelings – I step back and think about the raging river, and what gramps would say on those spring river-walk days.