I will admit it, I am on the more emotional side. I don’t know what it is, maybe it is the strawberry blonde hair? It doesn’t matter if it is getting fired up or being excited, I tend to experience the full range of emotions. Usually, my emotions are worn on my sleeve and I am told my emotions can easily be seen on my face. I will also admit I do shed the occasional tear watching a movie, watching Extreme Home Makeover (I now refuse to watch the show), hearing sappy stories, singing certain praise songs (especially In Christ Alone), experiencing big moments in my life, and hearing/seeing big moments in other people’s lives. Okay, so maybe I tear up more than occasionally! It does seem as though fatherhood has brought out my emotions more than ever before and I think often of Jimmy Valvano’s quote from his famous “Never Give Up” speech.
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
I can’t say that my emotions move me to tears every day, but I am finding it comes more days than not. But Valvano’s quote does remind me of the fact that there is nothing wrong with being emotional.
The most recent overflow of emotions in my life, of course, came with the birth of my second son, Summit. Yes, the expected tears did flow, but something unexpected happened with my emotions. There were two emotions that remained prevalent throughout different times of the day. The interesting thing wasn’t that I experienced two emotions at one time. Rather it was a rare instance in life when I simultaneously experienced two emotions that reside on complete opposite sides of the emotional spectrum. I can’t think of many times in life that I have experience two complete opposite emotions at the same time. Although experiencing these emotions were different and unexpected, it felt amazingly perfect for the moment. Thankfully, there was a camera in the room to capture the collision of two opposite emotions.
PRIDE AND HUMILITY