Express yourself

Growing up I was taught that it was wrong for men to express their feelings. One one side I had a cultural expectation placed on me that men should not cry. And the pendulum swung the exact opposite direction in other social circles where I was taught that expressing anger was inappropriate. The end result was that I repressed my feelings. It took me a long time, and many heartaches to learn that “feelings” are not my enemy. In fact they are part of the human experience. To repress them is to deny my humanity. If I truly believe that I am made in the image of God then that includes my ability to feel too.
Go out and be all that God created you to be!!!


Published by John Eli

I am a self-awareness coach (coach for humans), life strategist, blogger and speaker. I’ve spent over 21 years mentoring individuals in life skills, career transitions, relationships, and life recovery. My resume includes pastoral care, behavioral health, and higher education. From an early age, I realized that God created me to bring hope, healing and encouragement to others. I am currently living out my purpose by creating a space where people can rediscover and become all that they were created to be. I currently live in the beautiful state of Arizona with my wife, two dogs, and an antique piano whom I call, “Betty.”

11 thoughts on “Express yourself

      1. Hi john I agree! And i tend to be very expressive however I wear my heart on my sleeve and that seems to not always be a good thing. However I will not apologize for being myself as I am one whom is honest about who i am and what i feel even if it bites me in the rear.

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