Practicing Less Sentimentality

Observe whether any of your sentiments are cheap imitations. Do you get teary about hungry children, then go right on with the next email? Do you think having sympathy (you may rename it “empathy”) proves you’re a good person? Wait! Don’t judge yourself and go on a guilt-trip; the feelings are fine, but your label may be a bit generous. Just see it clear for the feeling it is.

If you’re deriving intense pleasure or heartache from trivial events, your life will be enriched if you get tough with yourself about it, and stop pretending you’re touching — or being touched by — the world of real human beings.

When we’re merely sentimental, important things are usually being overlooked.

About RayMunn

Husband, father, Zen guy, web designer, film-maker.
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