In the lovable and popular Disney film Frozen, one of the main characters named Elsa had the amazing gift of being able to manipulate and create…

imagesIn the lovable and popular Disney film Frozen, one of the main characters named Elsa had the amazing gift of being able to manipulate and create snow and ice.  Despite being bestowed such a unique power, Elsa spent much of her time fearful of it and trying at all cost to repress the urge to use it.  In essence, Elsa could not allow herself to be appreciative of her talents because she worried constantly that she would hurt those she loved–especially her sister Anna.  Elsa’s dilemma would be helpful for us to consider in our own lives.

Whether we are cognizant of them or not, we possess many talents, gifts, and abilities that are waiting for us to learn how to channel and focus them.  Like Elsa, we may have a difficult time controlling them, leading us to curse that with which we have been gifted.  Let us pretend you are a youth who some would call very sensitive.  No matter what environment you are in, you manage to pick up on the emotional climate.  If others around you are angry, you find that you too feel feelings of anger.  In fact, your nickname is ‘sponge’ because your friends can count on the fact that you manage to soak up all the emotions that surround you.

One way you can look at it is to be upset with yourself for being ‘so sensitive.’  You can begin to hate yourself for being too different from others.  You could also come to think of it as bothersome to even be around people. This perspective was similar to Elsa’s in beginning of the movie.  She lived a hermetic existence, one where she locked herself away in the castle, deeming it too risky to be near others.

Another way to view your ability to perceive and internalize the emotions of those around you is to consider yourself an empath.  You can accept your empathic abilities as a gift and work on finding appropriate ways to use them.  It requires focus and patience to be able to work with yourIn the lovable and popular Disney film Frozen, one of the main characters named Elsa had the amazing gift of being able to manipulate and create snow and ice.  Despite being bestowed such a unique power, Elsa spent much of her time fearful of it and trying at all cost to repress the urge to use it.  In essence, Elsa could not allow herself to be appreciative of her talents because she worried constantly that she would hurt those she loved–especially her sister Anna.  Elsa’s dilemma would be helpful for us to consider in our own lives.

Whether we are cognizant of them or not, we possess many talents, gifts, and abilities that are waiting for us to learn how to channel and focus them.  Like Elsa, we may have a difficult time controlling them, leading us to curse that with which we have been gifted.  Let us pretend you are a youth who some would call very sensitive.  No matter what environment you are in, you manage to pick up on the emotional climate.  If others around you are angry, you find that you too feel feelings of anger.  In fact, your nickname is ‘sponge’ because your friends can count on the fact that you manage to soak up all the emotions that surround you.

One way you can look at it is to be upset with yourself for being ‘so sensitive.’  You can begin to hate yourself for being too different from others.  You could also come to think of it as bothersome to even be around people. This perspective was similar to Elsa’s in beginning of the movie.  She lived a hermetic existence, one where she locked herself away in the castle, deeming it too risky to be near others.

Another way to view your ability to perceive and internalize the emotions of those around you is to consider yourself an empath.  You can accept your empathic abilities as a gift and work on finding appropriate ways to use them.  It requires focus and patience to be able to work with your

Tasha Richardson, blogger for a beautiful patience, guest posts for the National Runaway Safeline. Tasha was a Public Ally for NRS and dreams of changing the world one thought and positive interaction at a time. You can read more of her work on a beautiful patience and on NRS’ blog.

 

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