It really is true you know. I have found myself becoming sensitive to other’s moods and needing to set limits on what I view and how I interact with negative people. Today especially has been filled with negative people galore. I feel physically drained. There are many ways to deal with it, and in the past I have usually pulled back from people and in a few instances rage quit social media in protest (I think the longest I went was two weeks). However, this time I have decided to try a different tack.
Yep you read it correctly – gratitude. Instead of focusing on other people’s negativity, which in turn will only stir up negativity in my own life, I have decided to remind myself of all the things I am grateful to have in my life. I have a good job, a loving, close family, an amazing partner whom I adore and am so lucky to have in my life (though he’s overseas for work and I desperately miss him, even though he’s only been gone for 34 hours), and the smartest, funniest and most loving daughter whom I wouldn’t be without. Life’s not perfect by any means, but I am so much luckier than a lot of people. And I am so grateful for my experience on Monday. That was a gift that I can never express enough gratitude for as long as I will live, but I will never take it for granted. And I think if people can try doing that even once, they might find it to be a real life changing habit fo the better.