About Emotions #3 – Heal Thy Self

The title to this post is a biblical proverb that means that people should take care of their own defects and not just correct the faults of others. I do agree with that, but I also see it as working out our personal problems ourselves instead of letting others try to do it for you. I think perhaps both of those examples is the basis behind why I am doing this series about emotions.


Almost all my successes in life have come from doing it myself. But, then again, all my failures have probably come from that source as well. 🙄 But, that is another post. Let me go back into my life for some examples of heal thy self. When I was in high school trying to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I didn’t have any help. I was in a small rural high school that lacked any meaningful guidance counselors. My assigned counselor was the agriculture teacher, so according to him, I should be a college educated farmer. I knew that wasn’t right, so I ignored him. I chose to go into electrical engineering because I knew that is what Dad dreamed of being. It finally sunk in that was Dad’s dream, but not mine. It would be almost twenty years after becoming an engineer before I finally discovered what “my” dream job was.

When in the 1980s I bought my first personal computer, which costs almost a month’s wages, I discovered the logic-driven occupation of computer coding. I knew nothing about it except for a FORTRAN class in college, but there were so many hurdles put in place in that class that poisoned me. An example of that is that you had to have your punched cards into the computer center by 2am and got the results at 5am. More often than not, it took a week to do even the simplest code successfully.

I taught myself MS Basic for that first PC, and that started my obsession of being an Information technology (IT) guy. That led to a half-dozen different self-taught programming languages, and finally a full-time job in that field. I proved to be a pretty successful self-taught app developer in the last twelve years of my corporate life.

Every success I have had in my life was self-motivated and self-taught, so why not try it again with the topic of emotions. Maybe I will come to understand why emotions have been so difficult for me?

Finally, (yeah finally), I will get into the psychological aspects of emotions, and then go from there. Lord knows where this will all end? Hopefully, with another accomplishment in my self-taught world.