It’s easy to succumb to the chaos. One second everything is fine and the next you’re drowning.
Staying positive is easy when you are able to surround yourself with people who have the same goals and mindset, but that isn’t always a possibility.
More often than not our life requires us to spend time around people who are pessimistic and see the glass half empty.
Continuing to feel uplifted and joyous becomes more difficult. Pause and reflect when you feel the chaos taking hold. Close your eyes and take a couple of really deep breaths. Center yourself and find the calm. Ask God to start over in that moment and make a conscious choice to feel joy.
You cannot pour from an empty cup. It is important to continue to find ways to refill even when those who surround you are draining it. Find things that bring you joy and peace and can replenish what is being taken. Do things that make you happy. Read a book, go for a walk, pray, whatever stirs your soul.
Negativity can be all consuming. Even if you continue to be full of joy and shine your light wherever you can, there will still be people who continue to dwell in the past and leave their cup empty. It has become who they are. Change is possible if they will it, but so often it is easier for them to continue on the other they have already pages than to start a new one.
Do not let the stress and pain that others revel in crush your spirit. Let it change who you are and who you want to be.
It takes work. Lots and lots of hard, meaningful work. But, it is so worth it if you truly love the way you feel when you keep your spirits high and your cup I’ll. Let your cup be so full that it overflows to those around you and you cannot help but let them feel some of your optimism and joy, regardless of the path they choose.