This blog post is inspired by an Instagram post I did. I received an email that had an inspirational quote in it by Arnold Bennett and it goes “Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission”. This resonated with me. I feel that most of the negative thinking that goes on in our heads is a by-product of the crap that we allow in.
These outside sources can be from a stranger complain while waiting in line at a store, a family member’s bad day at work, a co-worker who doesn’t like their job or a friend that is complaining about their significant other about the same thing for the 100th time. Being around these people can be draining, suffocating and annoying. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be there for someone but if you have offered your suggestions and the person continues to complain it’s time to let it go.
Do not be someone else’s dumpster. Dumping their drama and negativity on you is not fair and you have the choice to not allow it to happen. Speak up about it, change the subject or if you must distance yourself from that person if it doesn’t change.
There are so many awesome things going on in the world that we should be talking about more. For example, you may have to tell people that you do not watch the news so you are not interested in discussing the negative news stories. It’s not that you are putting your head in the sand but you do not need to continually hear about the same news story for days on end. You’re aware of the negativity and atrocities in this world and you are current on your news and worldly affairs. What you will not do is discuss them repeatedly. When this happens, you can be left feeling down, unmotivated, drained and overwhelmed by it and that does not help the greater good. When this happens, you turn into the one who wants to talk about it repeatedly. That can really consume a person. The news is just an example and the negative news is just a small fraction of all of the good news out there.
Don’t let anyone intrude on your happiness and mental well-being. If you continue to allow people to bombard you with negativity you will continue to feel crappy. Be aware and chose to add to the greater good and not give energy to the bad. Volunteer for a cause you are passionate about or make monetary donations. Acknowledge it and keep it moving. Here is this motivational quote once more:
“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission”.
-Quote by Arnold Bennett
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