When It Comes To Emotions…Who’s Driving The Car?
I’d like to think that I’m a logical being. And, most others would like to think they are, as well. Yet, people being people, the great majority of us are much more driven by our emotions than we would like to think.
I often quote the Talmudic saying, “Who is mighty? The one who can control their emotions and make, of an enemy, a friend.”
With that in mind, I LOVE the recent response by my great friend and valued mentor, bestselling author and leadership authority, Dondi Scumaci, in answer to a person who wrote that he has challenges (as do most of us) in this regard.
“Emotions are important for the journey…But I don’t let them drive the car!”
Ahhhhhhhhh, brilliant! That — I believe — is the key. It’s not to turn ourselves into robots. Emotion is one of the key ingredients in life, not only in terms of desirability but in reality.
Unfortunately, it drives most people.
What’s important is that your emotions don’t drive you. That you drive them. That you are at the steering wheel, and they are in the passenger’s seat with the seat belt securely fastened.
Yes, they should be set free, but only when they serve, not when they master.
Yep, emotions are extremely important. But, as Dondi tells us, they shouldn’t be driving.
Thank you, Dondi, for continuing to share such though-inspiring wisdom.
So, awesome readers, how do you ensure that your emotional driver-passenger relationship is appropriate?