I am a hypocrite. I am writing today with a message that I didn’t live well myself yesterday, and that’s why I am writing about it. I am writing to re-instill it into myself and to reset my mind. Last night I wasted three hours being upset over something that was really nothing. I worked myself up into tears that I couldn’t even justify and ended up wasting hours over negative emotion, hours that I will never be able to get back. In turn, I tarnished quality time with someone whom I cherish and I was saddened by the realization that, in my wasteful emotion, I had dishonored the value of life that I hold so dear.
Studies reveal that emotional responses in our body last for an average of 90 seconds. Yes, that is 90 seconds. Not 90 minutes, 90 days or 90 weeks, the way we sometimes feel that it does. The truth is that when we allow ourselves to continue to be upset about something past the 90 second emotional response reaction window, then we are the ones really losing out. Extending the life of negative emotions is like deciding to throw life away.
If you know the value of life, refuse to stop wasting it. There will be times for you, like my night last night, when you catch yourself giving a 90 second reaction much more life than it warrants, but know that it is never too late to start over.