Be Emotionally Strong

Vaughn Berkeley (Author)
Author, speaker, gangsta gardener, magazine publisher, loving father and husband.

Feb 01,2018

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Emotions are the catalyst which enable the heart to engage the soul.” ~ Vaughn Berkeley

In the world we live in today, it is more important than ever to be emotionally strong. We, the people between ages 25 to 50 have inherited a world in chaos. At times, we can almost see that our planet and our future is dying right before our eyes. In this article, I’ll share with you 3 things I believe we all as writers need to do in order to survive emotionally and be strong for those around us.

  1. Avoid Alcohol: Ever seen a grown man change from a macho man into a crying pile of mush and then into an angry beast, all in the space of 10 minutes? Look at someone who is thoroughly drunken with alcohol. I have witnessed this myself and it is shocking to witness how quickly a man can cycle through their emotions. When the brain is intoxicated so that one can no longer control their emotions, all manner of behaviours can manifest themselves in a person. Sometimes those emotions can lead to violence, hatred, rape, or even murder. I do not drink alcohol and always advise those around me to avoid that brain poison. Avoid it.
  2. Practice Meditation: Meditation is a gift for any human being that understands how to do it properly. It truly does calm you to the very core of your being and help you to FOCUS instead of bring tossed around by your emotions. Arnold Schwarzenegger practices meditation. When he was just getting popular in the field of acting, he was getting overwhelmed with the pressures of the job. He was stressing out. Then he met a meditation teacher at the beach one time. The teacher invited Arnold to try a meditation class. The experience changed his life as he was able to get his stress under control and focus his brain power on dealing with one problem at a time. Within 3 weeks of beginning meditation Arnold was able to see results. He was able to control his emotions of anxiety, fear, worry, and he was able to focus on what was critical. Control does not mean surpress. By control I mean handling emotions properly and with mindfulness. Spend 15 minutes daily in personal meditation.
  3. Learn Wisdom: Numerous studies speak to the impact of our emotions on our ability to learn, to remember, and to process the world around us. Yes, we are susceptible to having emotions which hinder our ability to learn. Students in kindergarten, elementary, and highschool struggle to learn when their emotions are out of control. It can happen with adults too. Ever been in a meeting where someone in the room just loses it and the person screams at everyone then gets up and storms out of the meeting? Just like a child with a temper tantrum, that adult cannot control their emotions. In the dark ages, common people lacked access to education. Education was reserved for the rich, the elite, and the priests. The uneducated common people were prone to be driven by their emotions and mob mentality which led to superstitions and witch hunts. However, the holy scripture encourages us to learn wisdom, and with all our learning get understanding. Learning helps to train the mind to critically process new ideas. It trains the mind not to be swayed by every whim of the emotions. We should be life-long learners and study new material every day. Even if we are learning just for fun, we are helping our brain.


We are advised to live a holy life, as sober as a judge knowing the times and the seasons. It falls to our generation to try to heal our broken planet before it is too late. It falls to our generation to right many of the systemic injustices that allows one race to benefit to the detriment of all other races. We have a duty to be vigilant and sober, and to have a solid command of our emotions. Does that mean we should be emotionless robots? Of course not. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time for everything under the sun. Be the rock for those around you. Be emotionally strong for them and for a better future for our children and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. As writers and authors, we tell the stories that need to be told. Do it well.

Until next time, continue to learn and grow.

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