I was visiting my mother this weekend and she shared with me something a friend sent her that I think is so valuable and important to be aware of every day – especially right now. Here is what she wrote to my mother: “Some people are carriers of negativity. They are storehouses of pent up anger and volatile emotions. Some remain trapped in the victim role and act in ways that further their victimization. And others are still caught in the cycle of addictive or compulsive patterns.
Negative energy can have a powerful pull on us, especially if we’re struggling to maintain positive energy and balance. It may seem that others who exude negative energy would like to pull us into the darkness with them. We do not have to go!! Without judgment, we can decide it’s okay to walk away, okay to protect ourselves.
We cannot change other people. It does not help others for us to get off balance. We do not lead others into the light by stepping into the darkness with them.
Today, help me to know that I don’t have to allow myself to be pulled into negativity, even around those I love. Help me set boundaries. Help me know it’s okay to take care of myself.”
You might use this short and powerful thought every day for a period of time to help you stay positive and focused on what you know you need to do so you can achieve your goals. Bring extra confidence with you each day as your shield of armor to help fight off those who are negative and want to bring you down with them – not necessarily intentionally.