I am elated…I am disgusted. She is on cloud nine…she is shattered. There were peals of laughter…there was a vale of tears. What are these opposite shades of characteristics? In simple terms, they are emotions one experiences during every second of one’s life. How one reacts to a particular situation depends on one’s mental make-up. Upbringing and surroundings too matter a great deal.
Given a trying situation, A may react in a calm manner, B may turn hyper and C may show lukewarm response. The reaction may result in an unending argument or amicable settlement if it happens to be a dispute. Otherwise too, in the everyday “drama” of life, one may don the mantle of an angel, always helping others, or that of a villain trying to pull others down or stab them in the back. The target group is bound to react in a particular fashion. Action and reaction of human beings are adaptable and change from person to person and one situation to another. The idiosyncrasies of human behaviour have a role to play too!
Love, hate, anger, pride, ego, happiness, passion, rivalry, sadness, etc are all a state of mind. They cannot be measured in specific terms. They say the mind too maketh a man to a great extent. So, if the mind has such a pride of place in shaping the character of a person, why not mould it into in a mass filled with 3Ps – peace, positive energy and progression?
Be level-headed. Observe people. Try to study their body language. The eyes say a lot. Talk to people. Reach out to them. Your life gets a better meaning and becomes all the more interesting. This is not philosophising about life, but rather adopting a pragmatic and positive approach to it. 🙂
PS: I had written this piece for a college journal years ago!