“Did you ever look at someone and wonder – What is going on inside their head?”
That’s the opening line, spoken by Joy, in the movie Inside Out. We quickly realize along with Joy - Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness are trying to help 9 year old Riley survive life during her family’s relocation and adapt to her new reality.
Right now many of us, like Riley, are struggling to adapt to a new reality. Here are a few thoughts from Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Joy.
Fear: “Alright, we didn’t die today! I’d call that an unqualified success.”
Anger: “Congratulations San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza! First, the Hawaiians and now YOU!”
Disgust: “We should lock the door and scream THAT curse word we know. It’s a good one.”
Sadness: “I like crying it helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.” “I’m too sad to walk. Just give me a few…hours.”
Joy: “Friends pick us up when we fall down. And, if they can’t pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while.”
“You can’t focus on what’s going wrong. There’s always a way to turn things around.”
Their comments remind me:
Celebrate what you can…there is always something be grateful for…LOOK FOR IT!!!
Make space to step back and laugh, especially when you realize it’s possible to mess-up even pizza.
Find space where you can go scream into a pillow, hit a big tree with a nerf noodle or go to the beach and rant at the sunset.
Give yourself time to feel your feelings because they help you make choices and realize your physical abilities may actually become impaired by your emotional state.