Sílvia Bastos
Dec 4, 2017 · 2 min read

So how about those moments when you don’t know what you feel?

As I write this series I have been taking inspiration from this list of feelings provided by the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Everyday I look at the list and I choose one emotion: it can be what I am feeling at the moment, or simply a word that I feel like telling a story about.

I also use this list daily to help me get in tune with myself. Every morning, as I am journaling, I look at it, and I search for the word that best describes the current frequency of my heart (I wrote about it here, if you’re interested).

However, there are days in which I just don’t know. The list, usually a precious navigation tool, looks like a map without names, a compass that points nowhere.

In those days, everything else is a blur as well. I go through the morning automatically — grateful for the routines I have previously established — because my decision power is null. I am good at agreeing and at suppressing my true wants and needs, only to do what’s easier.

In those days, I build up some sort of charge that later on will have to come out, one way or another. In those days, although I don’t realize it, I trigger something in the future. This is neither good nor bad; it’s like some kind of premonition, the certainty that things will change, and that I will be the one changing them.


Hopes and Dreams for Our Future

We believe in dreaming big and smashing our goals.

Sílvia Bastos

Written by

Journaling my way to happiness. I’ll show you how here: www.journalsmarter.com

Hopes and Dreams for Our Future

We believe in dreaming big and smashing our goals.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade