At first glance this quote is warm and fuzzy and provides a positive message. Not so fast! Are you really reading what it says? Or are you just accepting at face value this is an uplifting quote? Let’s break this down and take a deeper look…
.”Let go of those that bring you down” suggests to pay no attention to those whom you have conflict with. In reality, when you are experiencing conflict with others the proper response would be to stop and take a look at your feelings. Why are you letting what others say bring you down? What in their attitude resonates within yourself? As human beings we are so quick to misjudge that someone else is making us feel in some kind of way. In truth, it’s a belief or misconception inside of ourselves that is uncomfortable with what is being said. No one can make you feel, you own your feelings.
Secondly, “surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you” is again one of those human traits we tend to do. Physically this feels good, but this can only work for a short time. We need provoking challenges for mental and spiritual growth. To barricade ourselves against anything uncomfortable is to stifle our whole reason for being here and if we are surrounded only by positives we shift out of balance.
OK, so I can hear you asking. What should we do!? Embrace those that challenge you and raise your levels of discomfort.Take a closer look at your feelings. How does this make you feel? What memory or event in your life is this resonating with? Isn’t it time to deal with your emotions instead of doing what you have always done…bury them deeper, smoke them away, drink them away, stuff them down with more food, (insert distracting habit of choice here), etc? Take control of your feelings and emotions and then you can celebrate your life by teaching your loved ones.
Peace and Love,