Paying Attention to How We Feel in Every Situation…

Pay attention to your feelings—especially when they change.

How do you feel right now? Happy? Sad? Indifferent?

Today, I drove to the main library downtown to pick up some books that I needed. Odd as this may sound, upon entering the library, I felt my mood deflate. Something in the air, the energy around me, I don’t know, something made me feel as though I were in some sort of prison. It wasn’t just the security guards seated in front of the exits and entrances. Maybe it was the large number of homeless and what appeared to be dejected inner city residents who were there just passing the time away. I don’t know…

Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate libraries. Libraries are some of the few public places left that don’t charge a fee to enter. Anyone—rich, poor, black, white, male, female, young, old, etc.—anyone can go to the library and spend as much or as little time as they want in there. The library is one of the last public spaces still open to us all.

But the atmosphere was so dreary, so dark, so strangely stress-filled. There was a sense of death in the air. I don’t know why. I know this sounds illogical, but I just wanted to get in and out of that place as soon as possible. And I did! …

(This is an excerpt from my Overcoming Obstacles blog  —

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