Compartmentalize (acrostic)*

Sorting

Thoughts

Out

Regarding

Any

Grave

Emotions…..

one files them away,

banishing them

from memory,

a difficult

childhood

~

one files them away,

banishing them

from memory,

a hurtful

slight

~

one files them away,

banishing them

from memory,

a love

lost

~

one files them away,

banishing them

from memory,

a difficult

truth

~

one files them away,

banishing them

from memory,

a deaths

grief

~

one files them away,

banishing them

from memory,

eventually

they

all

overflow

bringing with it a world of hurt,

leaving one lost, seeking help.

lg/16072021

*Note: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=szyeMZw4hRs&t=29s. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QMRw4s10O4o

Men tend to compartmentalize their feelings and thoughts about, well, pretty much everything. Women naturally process thoughts and feelings and integrate them into one cohesive “thing.” Men don’t integrate their thoughts and feelings. They tend to file everything away, each thought and emotion getting its own compartment where it sits until the man is ready to deal with it, or not which is many times the case.

Compartmentalization can be a great way of managing difficult parts of your life. But it can backfire too. Some people bottle up all emotions and fail to deal with any of them. Over time, these negative emotions can build up and lead to emotional distress.

However, if you feel vacillating between the two worlds is opening you up to disassociate in ways that are harmful to yourself or the people around you, I encourage you to seek professional help with a mental health professional.

🌎✌🏻💙 Take care, be safe.

Written for: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2021/07/14/storage/

36 thoughts on “Compartmentalize (acrostic)*

  1. I love this Elle. The acrostic is a great lead in. I thought at first that you had joined last Thursday’s d’Verse prompt of writing a chant that repeats, Well done.

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  2. Compartmentalization is a useful tool when used judiciously. It was a life saver in that it allowed me maintain composure while dealing with death and suffering. However it requires a reckoning on a regular basis…. Otherwise as you point out it can have dire consequences…

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  3. Wow, Elle, this one spoke directly to my heart. I did file away feelings for such a long, long, time. Though the pain of working through them all was/is intense, the result is transformational. I love this piece. ❤️🌺🙏🤗✨

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    1. Ive been there myself at one time, so I get it. When I saw the word of the day was storage, the piece petty much wrote itself. I’m happy to here you you are/continue to work through them. Yes, it’s like really breathing for the first time. 💙🙏🏼☀️🤗💫☺️

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  4. An engaging poem that led to an interesting discussion. The repeated line, “one files them away” has a mechanical tone to it, which works so well with this topic.

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