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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Cleaning!

Yes, it's that time of year again, but I'm not talking about cleaning house.  I'm talking about examining your life and clearing out the negative.

Let's face it -- friends can really add a lot of wonderful moments to our lives.  They are great to lean on.  Get togethers with them - whether it be for "pj coffee dates," happy hour, or an inpromtu Sunday dinner, add a lot of happiness to our lives.  If you have a friend like this, you are lucky.  If you have more than one friend like this, you are truly blessed!

Who we are exposed to on a daily basis has an awful lot to do with how we feel.  There are wonderful friends and there are some not-so-wonderful friends.  A friend of mine calls these "toxic friends."

A "toxic friend" by my definition would be a friend who is extremely negative.  A "friend" who never has anything nice to say and who just always seems to be miserable.  There are some toxic friends who seem like they never want you to succeed.  Toxic friends who seem like they don't want to see you happy.  Perhaps they see you as a threat to them.  You have to realize this is their problem, it has everything to do with them and nothing to do with you.

We can not be the positive person we are striving to be if we are exposed to negative people all the time.  There are already so many negative influences in the world (which is why I don't watch the news).  You want to be careful who your friends are.  You want to surround yourself with people who have similar paths and goals and who share similar outlooks.  People who support and uplift you.  Like attracts like.  You won't have any energy to live a positive life if your energy is getting depleted dealing with toxic friends.

Thought of the day:  Could you have some "toxic friends" that it's time to disengage from?  Remember, we can't be positive people if we are surrounded by negative people all the time.  Is it time to dust out the debris that's holding you back and keeping you from reaching your true potential?  Is a spring cleaning in order?

Have a wonderful day!