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  1. Boy would I appreciate help with my light switch of emotion when I am around a family member who enjoys putting you in uncomfortable positions, talks over and around you, goes out of his way to draw attention to your discomfort. I pray before we get there I talked to Jesus while we are there and I still allow it to happen. I know the key is to not allow it but my stubbornness or pride or…I don’t know Satan takes over and I fall on my face. He is the only person in my life that I react to this way.

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  3. Great post, Cheri! I’ve been subscribed for a little while, but am also visiting from Chatting at She Speaks. (I think I originally found your site from one of Emily’s link-ups?) This is a great metaphor! I never would have come up with it as I am the one on the shore watching the waves. (Also I currently live in Oregon where the water is c-c-c-cold!)

    How many times do we see that the more we fight or run away from our feelings, the more they control us. Diving in is sometimes the only way to get through. Love it!

    I am so looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks! As a fellow teacher, I would love to pick your brain about how you balance your blog and teaching. Anyhow, good to “meet” you and keep up the good work!

    1. Cheri Gregory says:

      Heya Kendra — glad you find the metaphor useful, too! SOooo looking forward to seeing you soon…look forward to “talking shop” teacher-to-teacher! 🙂

  4. I love this metaphor for overwhelming emotions. Thanks for a great way to think about my reactions.

    1. Cheri Gregory says:

      Heya Sandi– So glad you found value in this!

  5. Woohoo!! I need all of that I can get!!! Thanks!!!

  6. I love love love this idea! I have to ask a stupid question tho…how do you do that in the middle of something that is overwhelming?

    1. Cheri Gregory says:

      Heya Glenda —

      That’s my next blog post! I’m trying to keep my posts under 500 words, so today’s blog is sort of a vision-casting post. Monday, I’ll share a how-to that I’m really excited about! It’s my current in-process “ah-HA!”

  7. Cheri, this is so good and so helpful. I get so overwhelmed by waves of emotion in dealing with the emotions of my small children. Pushing pause is so important with them. To take a moment to remember they are still learning to deal with THEIR emotions…just like me. Thank you for this!

    1. Cheri Gregory says:

      Jess — Oh, I SO remember those days! I wish I’d had more tools than just my “anxiety hammer” when my children were little. Although sometimes, it was downright funny. Annemarie’s first emotion word was “fuss-tated” and she’d use it when she couldn’t make something work the way she wanted to. Bless her heart that she could at least name it, even if she ended up in tears over it!