Embrace the Whine to Find Your Shine: Self-care for Advocates Series Part 2

Wallowing in negative whiny thoughts for too long can be devastating to your well-being however that’s not what I’m talking about today. There is a difference between wallowing and diving in.  Diving in and embracing the negative allows it to flow through you leading you back to your shine, your smiling face that your friends, family and fur kids love.

It’s not generally our emotions that cause us problems, it’s our judgement of them that cause them to be stuffed inside only to pop out and smack is upside the head later when we least expect it! Allowing feelings/emotions some space to exist without piling on our own judgments about those feelings can be enormously healing! I remember we were taught as kids to never ever never hate, hate was a very bad word. Here’s the thing – fighting against hate in my heart makes nothing but more pain. There are things in working with animals and people that I hate. I hate abusive acts and ignorant practices that harm the innocent. I hate how hard it is to convince America that lopping off the body parts of dogs and cats is reprehensible and it’s embarrassing that our cousins across the pond banned a lot of these practices a long time ago and we still dock ears and tails daily and declaw (although the no declawing thing is gaining traction fast!) I hate that it’s an uphill battle in many areas to treat feral cat colonies humanely and really cats in general still are fair game for heartless folk.

Hate is inside me without a doubt when I encounter these concepts. I’m not sure who originally said it but often the phrase “the white hot heat of a thousand suns!” comes to mind. Judging myself for that hate response only creates a Tar Baby situation that builds more and more layers of negativity for me to deal with later. Allowing that hate some space for acknowledgment and understanding is the equivalent of a good friend saying you know what? It’s ok. We’re doing what we can do today to fight the good fight and it’s all normal. Ahhh. The deep sigh of acceptance can be given to yourself right now!

More often I am a chronic whiner and mostly about First World problems. I get cranky because my coffee isn’t right, or traffic is ridiculous or the restaurant can’t get my order right no matter how many times I’m in there. I can get down on myself for that too but again when I honor it, when I allow that I’m a whiny little brat in that moment and that’s ok, I am led to a gentle chuckle and it’s very easy then to refocus on the gratitude to be able to buy fancy coffee at all, that I have a car to be stuck in traffic in and can afford to eat out that day.

On an even simpler level of acceptance: Tonka the Naughtiest Cat in The World and I used to go round and round about him getting on my keyboard. Cat owners know the drill – remove cat, return to work, cat leaps out of nowhere onto keyboard causing the computer to panic and shut down – remove cat, return to work, etc.  Now though I keep half an eye out for him. When I see him coming I quickly hit sleep on the computer, the screen goes dark right at the time his naughty paws hit the keys. Because I’m no longer playing the Merry-Go-Round game he sits there less than 30 seconds and leaves. Brilliant!  He’s happy, I’m happy because working with a situation is so much easier than fighting the tide.

Acceptance is key. Allow space for the tears of pain and sorrow. Allow space for the hot heat of anger. Allow the clouds of dark emotions to go through the sky so the sun can shine on your lovely face once again. Breathe in, breathe out, repeat and go advocate!



13 comments on “Embrace the Whine to Find Your Shine: Self-care for Advocates Series Part 2

  1. Ha, I love Tonka! And I love your solution to him getting on your computer too, genius. And on the subject of hate, even the bible says to “get angry but don’t sin” (paraphrased, yes I know!) which I try to live as “it’s okay to be angry, even wildly thousand suns hot angry, its what you DO with that anger that can cause problems.”

  2. Parker likes to walk a cross and sit on my computer. She even typed a few tweets. So when I first got my own domain name, I created a twitter account for her. Sometimes she does not want to type when I want her to.

  3. Sounds like you worked out a great solution with Tonka! I find muttering a few choice words helps me enormously when dealing with some of my first world problems…which usually involve my computer.

  4. I adore the way you handled the Tonka cat and keyboard issue! Accept and compromise generally works in most situations.

    I am a realist and have always believed negativity is as necessary to acknowledge as is positivity.

  5. Great post! It can be hard to get past the emotion and self judgement & work through the tough feelings. Especially that hate one. I agree, it has it’s place and we should let it motivate not hinder us. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. You are so right. Nature is merciless and their is a streak of cruelty in humanity that knows no bounds. However, hatred doesn’t solve the problem. Our negative feelings have to serve as fuel for our inner fire.

  7. Great post ! You give Mum a great idea with letting the computer sleep : you cannot imagine how many HBO words I learned by walking on the keyboard ! She’s good at playing the Merry-Go-Round game, though… Purrs, Pixie

  8. I find myself doing a bunch of first world problem complaining as well – especially on Monday mornings..I try not to let it devour me, or get the best of me, and for the most part I can use it as inspiration for something else. I’m glad you got the situation under control with Tonka and the keyboard – I know exactly how you feel on that one.

  9. Tonka is beautiful; keeping that keyboard warm for you, too! Great post – there’s a Robert Frost quote I like that is right along this path, “The best way out is always through.” You are so right, breathe in breathe out, cry, accept, move forward and feel that sunshine!

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