Emotional Range of a Bathtub

Hermione Granger: Don’t you understand how she must be feeling? Well, obviously she’s feeling sad about Cedric, and therefore confused about liking Harry, and guilty about kissing him. Conflicted because Umbridge is threatening to sack her mum from her job at the Ministry, and frightened about failing her O.W.L.s because she’s so busy worrying about everything else.
Ron Weasley: One person couldn’t feel all that, they’d explode!
Hermione Granger: Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon.

There didn’t seem a more fitting way to begin than with some lines from Harry Potter. (I do apologize if I’ve given any crucial plot points away to those who haven’t read/seen it-this is from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, otherwise known as the 5th one)

The remarkable thing is that humans really ARE capable of feeling all of those things at once, and more. At least, this person is. I do not have the emotional range of a teaspoon. My emotional range is more like…a bathtub. Or maybe a swimming pool. Either way, I know precisely what Hermione means when she explains the myriad of emotions this girl is feeling.

At times it feels like I could just burst with everything I’m feeling. In a good way, when I’m full of joy and peace and happiness and excitement and contentment, and sometimes in a bad way, when I’m full of sadness and anger and jealousy and bitterness. It is simply a marvel to me that the human brain, heart, and body can feel so many things at the same time. Where do you really feel emotions, anyway? Is it simply a matter of your brain sending some signals to tell you to feel a certain way? And what about those emotions that are so strong your body doesn’t seem to have a choice but to react in a physical way? How do those work?

Still, it’s a wonder the way God made us. Emotions can be pesky things at times, to be sure, but they add so much depth to life it would be boring to live without them. It’s almost as though emotions are what make life 3d. Without them things would be vacant and flat, but emotions add fullness and vibrancy. They are a marvel, these emotions we have. A sometimes frustrating, beautiful marvel.

Til next time…


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