A personal thought…
I have seen so many quotes lately about how we should surround ourselves with positive people and walk away from negative people, and I really OBJECT to that point of view. I believe we should fill our hearts, minds, and souls with all things positive — by reading, thinking, listening, and learning — and then BE the ones who act as the lamp, ladder, or lifeboat for others, as the previous quote illustrated so beautifully. This doesn’t mean preaching and teaching, it means leading by the example of a loving heart.
Surrounding ourselves with a wall of positive people and neglecting those who most need inspiration and love actually deprives us of the most fulfilling thing there is in life, the gift of giving of ourselves. As today’s meditation said, “A sense of spiritual well-being warms us when we are selfless.”
I believe we should each be part of a circle of positive thinkers, yes, but we should all be facing outward, shining our light outward. Resist the notion of forming a wall of positivity that is only focused inward. The light of the soul should be a beacon for others.
I’d be interested in your thoughts…
Update – my reply to a number of comments on Facebook:
From the perspective of my age and stage, I believe that the process of maturity is helped along by selflessness. I know that I found myself getting more and more burdened and withdrawn and negative as I was constantly bombarded by news and negative circumstances of my own life, but what I was failing to do was balance all that negativity with positive. Hence, the birth of Curiosities. And what a difference it has made in my life, to flood my head with positive thoughts and positive things, even though I have to muck through so much negative to find the positive sometimes. It makes me less withdrawn and opens my soul to want to “give” to others…just a simple smile, if nothing else. I didn’t need to surround myself with positive people, I just needed to make sure that the negative in my life was balanced by positive. If that balance is maintained, then the negative doesn’t diminish the positive…it moves, kind of like the light from a candle in a dark room. Letting that inner light shine is what helps us grow and be fulfilled. Does that make sense?