Quoting from a native american Indian book a friend once presented to me…

A Grandfather once taught me that expressing your emotions is like eliminating bodily waste. Emotions, like fertilizer out bodies produce, may not be pleasant, but they do good, making things grow. Just as by-products of digestion complete the circle of living things, so too emotions enable our spirits, or other’s spirits to grow. But on the other hand, just as we do not move bowels right where people walk all the time, we do not want to express our emotions indiscriminately, but to express them in the right time and place.

A professor once provided a beautiful analogy when we attended his first class. He said…

“Every year I start classes with a fresh set of eager students, raring to do something new. To learn new things and make a difference in this world. I see them walking tall as they enter this classroom. But as time progresses I see their shoulders droop and gradually they walk around as if they were hunched backs…”

He drew the analogy because he was always concerned that we never asked him questions and filled our backpacks with doubts. Doubts that we carried around till we could no longer carry them standing erect. Emotions follow a similar suit. We start life afresh (each time). Filled with hope and expectations. But through this journey we fill our backpacks with loads and loads of pent-up emotions and desires. That by the time we are old make our backs so weak that, we gradually become hunched backs.

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