Ever notice how you can be having a fabulous day and one person kills it. You know, the weather is beautiful, you’re feeling great, you’ve put your stress in the backseat and then your phone rings… you are as chip as can be and then it happens. “Ugh, can you believe…………..”, and there it starts, the negative rant that you really don’t need right now. The rain on your sunny parade, and suddenly there goes your vivacious mood, down the gutter. Before you know it you may even find yourself in your own negative rant. Ever hear the phrase “misery loves company”? Of course you have. Well I’m going to take it a step further. The company you keep will have a direct affect on the person you will be.
I know this first hand. I have been surrounded by successful, ambitious, determined individuals who are not only focused on bettering themselves but also focused on bettering their families, friendships and community. These people have had such a profound impact on me setting goals for myself and trying to better myself. These are the kinds of people I want to surround myself with, people that are going places, doing things, furthering themselves. Because, though I know perfection is not possible, it is what we should all strive for.
I have also surrounded myself with the complete opposite. People that are so negative, everyday they have a problem, a crisis, a dilemma, people that don’t want to change their circumstances, people that would rather talk about the problem than look for a solution, even people that would rather talk about other people than about ideas and making moves in their lives. These people will have some kind of impact on you and the truth is they will probably take you downhill, hence the phrase “Be weary on the company that you keep”.
We all have our bad days and it’s okay to reach out to a friend to vent, its even better to be that friend that people reach out to, but be vigilant if you see yourself feeling indifferent on answering a phone call or spending time with someone because of the negativity that they bring. It may be time to distance yourself and focus on bettering yourself.
By surrounding yourself with people that make you feel good, that are happy and positive you are in fact enriching your life with their presence and therefore setting yourself up to be inspired, motivated and loved. Make it a personal goal to enrich not only your life but the life of others in interpersonal, loving and uplifting relationships.