Just reading the poem struck me with the power of unchecked hatred:
It has found a home in me.
Wormed its way through my better self
and into my soul to lay its poisonous
I feel it growing.
I feel it gnawing.
I feel it rising within.
It controls my heartbeat.
It sours my countenance.
It grips my voice, making some things
impossible to say;
adding a sneer where a smile is needed.
How can we learn to manage our emotions:
Negative emotions, like rage, envy or bitterness, tend to spiral out of control, especially immediately after they’ve been triggered. In time, these sorts of emotions can grow like weeds, slowly conditioning the mind to function on detrimental feelings and dominating daily life. Ever met a person who’s consistently angry or hostile? They weren’t born that way. But they allowed certain emotions to stir within them for so long that they became inbred feelings arising all too frequently. (Huffington Post)
Here’s a little something that made me smile today:
Maggi Dawn: Giving it up
Maggi draws on Mark 6:45-52 – Jesus walking on water… Sometimes we can be lost so much in our emotions that its hard to recognise hope on the horizon … I get that, so we need cheerful songs, friends, beauty around us (amongst other things) to help give that hope.
We can’t even begin to know God until we accept the paradoxical nature of the encounter – that he is, on the one hand, limitless and unknowable, and, on the other hand, made known to us in the practical realities of everyday life.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.