Emotional lessons from Pixar’s InsideOut

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Brian Kight

Have you ever seen the Pixar movie InsideOut?

It’s a wonderful, fun film full of heart and loaded with identifiable moments.

The central premise of the movie takes place in the emotional “headquarters” of an 11-year-old girl. The characters Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust are at the controls of her emotional experiences. From there . . . well you can watch the movie.

The message I loved from the movie is this: an emotion is never just one thing. 

If you’ve been angry you’ve been happy.
If you have love then you know fear.
If you feel sadness then you’ve experienced joy.

People love to chase the desirable emotions and run from the undesirables. But your emotions work together to shape your experience and only together do they carry meaning that moves you.

It’s because you know what happiness feels like that gives sadness its impact.
And it’s because you’ve felt sadness that happiness lifts your spirit.

Here’s to our fulfilling, and sometimes confusing, but never boring emotional journey through life.

Everything is training for something. Do the work.

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