Feelings Are Transient

We generally project our current feelings into the future. We think however we're feeling at this very moment will continue into the future. This isn't true.

Feelings Are Transient

Hey readers 👋

My regular readers would know that I am sending this weeks’ newsletter precisely 24 hours later than usual. Long story short - life happens. Sorry.

This week’s thought is about humans having a tendency to believe that our current feelings or state of mind will continue into perpetuity. I.e. that there is a certain permanence to our feelings.

If we’re feeling sad today, we think we’ll be feeling sad forever. If we’re happy or in a great mood today, we think we will be happy or in a great mood forever.

With maturity, we realise that this is a dangerous way of thinking.

I’m sure if you look back at how you have been feeling over the past week, month or year, your feelings would have changed by quite a bit. Likewise, in the future, your feelings will also change by quite a bit. Change is certain.

We need to be ready to accept that our feelings will and do change. How we’re feeling now is only temporary, and we’re not going to be feeling like this forever.

We need to be able to ride with our feelings and accept them for what they are. At the same time, having an appreciation for the fact that how we are currently feeling is transcient and not permanent will help us smooth over the highs and lows of life.

Have an awesome week ahead 🤩

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- Matthew Walker, in the book: Why we sleep

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