This may not come as a shock to anyone in the medical industry, but I noticed that sometimes after I visit the dermatologist and he cuts out a little wobbly shaped freckle or freeze dries one of those spots my pale Irish/Russian skin tends to get, I feel like crying.

I mean I know it’s a small injury that’s been done. It’s not the physical pain that’s causing the upset, and I know it’s for my own good. And what’s more I know it was optional and that I chose it to protect my life against melanoma (one of the fastest growing killers by the way) but still, this little indignity to my physical self causes this tidal swell in my emotions. It’s deep down. It’s gut level. There’s no thinking involved. I feel the emotion rise in me like the sea rises with the tide. Sometimes even hours after I am back from the appointment.

Isn’t it fascinating to see so clearly that one of the functions of our emotions is to protect us from harm. To alert us that we have been hurt, cut, burned, and we didn’t like it. This emotion is set in place to make us take notice, even after the physical sting has passed. It’s part of our warning system.

Think about that now in relation to the rest of your life.

What are your emotions trying to tell you?

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