Fire fighters are admirable people. When they arrive at the scene of a fire they don’t question how the fire started or who started it. They just get on with the job, as in the famous ‘Nike’ saying… Just Do It.
Fires in forests burn unchecked through the root system underground. It normally begins in one area then flares up somewhere else in a matter of minutes.
The same can be true of our emotions. We react internally to one thing in one place and the eruption occurs somewhere else…later! When we keep our emotions buried, for example anger, they only flare up and manifest in different forms, sabotaging a situation, as we react rather than respond. In fact, an emotion without social rules of containment and expression is like an egg without a shell; simply a gooey mess. Therefore emotions do need to be contained, however they also need to be listened to.