The Sooner, The Better

When you feel something rise up from your heart, or your intuition, or somewhere beyond: Speak it. Do it. The sooner, the better.

When something feels incomplete: A conversation, an apology, a misunderstanding, a word you left unsaid, follow through. Clear it up. Finish what you started. The sooner, the better.

When something rattles you: You feel like crying, laughing, screaming into a pillow, or taking a few deep breaths, listen to your feelings. Be with them. Take conscious action around them. The sooner, the better.

Anytime I suppress my emotions, push aside my instinct, or convince myself not to speak up, that experience stays with me. It buries itself in the back of my mind, my heart, or elsewhere in my body. It manifests as a lump in my throat, a knot in my stomach, or a weight in my chest. The words I do not express lie dormant until another trigger shows up to bring them out of hibernation. And they always return ten times stronger, uglier, and more intense than before. 

Express it now. Feel it, say it, or do it now.

The sooner, the better.

Aubrey Klein