• Richie Crowley

An Exercise In Repurposing Negative Emotions

The morning I woke completely overwhelmed, I had an opportunity to repurpose a negative energy into a positive one.


I’m overwhelmed.

Or, I was overwhelmed.

Now, I’m grateful.

I recently woke one morning feeling completely overwhelmed.

The worst part was that I was responsible for this feeling. I had taken a few too many bites bigger than I could handle in recent days, and that morning the burden of what I had done was crushing me.

I was also responsible for creating a solution to this feeling.

I was fully capable.

A favorite quote of mine is that “Fear is excitement without breath.”

I love this quote because it repurposes a negative energy to a positive one.

The morning I woke completely overwhelmed, I had an opportunity to repurpose a negative energy into a positive one. So, I repurposed it into gratitude.

If I was overwhelmed with my work, I became grateful to have work.

If I was overwhelmed by a full inbox from RICKiRICKi clients, I became grateful to have clients.

If I was overwhelmed because I slept a bit later than I had wanted and now had a smaller window of time to exercise and thinkitate, I became grateful for my health.

I believe we have the ultimate power over our lives through choice.

We may not be able to choose an outcome, but we can choose how we react to it.

We may not be able to choose the beginning or middle of our story, but at some point we will have the opportunity to write it’s ending.

A collective question to sit with is: What other negative energies can we repurpose?

Richie. Human.


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