When I get triggered, I usually freak out and go down a rabbit hole of despair, anger, fear or frustration and stew there for a while before trying to forget what happened and moving on.
And then sometimes (maybe 2% of the time) I’ll only stay in that rabbit hole for only a little bit of time and then gather enough self-awareness, humility and courage to process my emotions and thoughts. I usually try to resolve the origin of it or look for other insight into why I did what I did.
I see these moments as lens or roadblock moments. In one scenario, getting triggered completely blocks any forward progress while in the other, getting triggered becomes an opportunity to dig a bit deeper into understanding myself (i.e., it becomes a my lens into who I am).
We cannot always expect a moment to be a lens moment but it is a beautiful thing when it happens.
I write everyday because it allows me to voice what is at the surface. Once that is out of my head, I can dig in another layer deeper. My daily writing practice has been my greatest exploration of self and humanity. Sign up here to receive these thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.