I received a text yesterday. In this text, I found the link to an article. Knowing the person who sent it to me, I clicked on it and as I read it, I began to realize that this person had sent this to me because she was angry. She completely disagreed with the opinions of those in the article. I reminded her that the article was just that, the opinions of other people and asked her why she would allow such a thing to create such anger in her life. She proceeds to tell me that it's because people and society as a whole, "suck".
I found myself saddened by this statement. While I reminded her that this is simply not true, it also forced me to think about the fact that receiving this type of article from this person was not an uncommon occurrence. I reminded her that when we look for this type of thing and when we truly begin to believe that people do indeed "suck", that is what we are going to find.
We have the power each and everyday to control the things we put into our minds. We have the power each and everyday to control the people we associate with, the things we read, the things we do.
Those things do in fact shape our perception of the world around us. When we choose to surround ourselves with and even go in search of (even if only on a subconscious level) the not so pleasant things in life, those things are going to come back to us. The same holds true for the positive. We search for it, it will find us.
So I challenge you to think about this as you go through your day. Think about the feelings and emotions you experience with the people you choose to surround yourself with, the things that you read and so forth. We are not powerless. We can help to shape our lives, our perceptions, and our thoughts and feelings toward certain situations.
Now get out there and have a wonderful Friday and an excellent weekend.
DISCLAIMER: I do want to note that I am stating that we should ignore anything that seems to be negative. Certain levels of anger can help change to occur but that is for a different conversation at another time. This post refers to the ways in which we perceive the world around us.