I firmly believe in the power of optimism, of positive thinking. I don’t think it’s silly, or childish to hope and dream for the best. Part of nurturing positive thinking is by surrounding yourself with positive people-we all know this. But then of course there are those people that enter our lives that attempt to suck every good thought from us, like a slimy leech. And let’s face it, there are some people we can’t just strike from our lives-as much as we’d like to. You know those people…where you’re recounting a funny story and everyone is laughing, and then they interrupt with ‘oh but don’t you remember? Then you did XYZ and everyone laughed at you, and then you almost died, and then you were broke, and then no one loved you?’ You know, those people. Or if you announce you’re going to try, say, a new business venture and within seconds they are telling you all the reasons you will fail, your children will be homeless, hate you, and then where will you be? This kind of thinking is toxic and it paralyzes us. We will never move forward or follow a dream because we’ll be too busy worrying about the end of the world. For me, I can only take this type of person in small doses, followed by a hefty dose of alcohol 😉
Maybe this is why I love reading and writing about people who have overcome obstacles. I love that they can find the strength within to pursue happiness and victory…
What about you? How do you deal with the negative people in your life? Or are you one of them?! 🙂 What types of people do you like reading/writing about?
This week we have a few birthdays in the house…so it means a bunch of family over. Hopefully if the weather is good, we can barbecue and eat dinner outside. Eating outside with little ones is great-the inevitable food spillage doesn’t need to be cleaned up by moi, because the local raccoons will make their way to our deck at some point during the wee hours of the night for a late-night buffet. My mother of course, was horrified when I told her about this cleaning tactic of mine. Me? I shrugged. It must be a generational thing, because my friends thought it was a brilliant idea 😉