Are you committed to live a happier life yet someone in your life isn’t? Do you have a friend or even family member that believes because you are focusing on the positive aspects of life that you aren’t living in the “real world?” Is there someone that just seems to be on a mission to burst your bubble?
What to do… or not do about these situations is a choice.
There are always going to be people in our lives who aren’t in the same place we are. That doesn’t mean their path or ours is wrong… or better… or worse. It just is. We each get to make a choice. The question is does yours support the life that you choose?
If you’re dealing with a negative person try one of these Simple Steps:
- Listen but don’t react. That may be hard sometimes… especially if the other person is adamant about their position. They need to be heard but that doesn’t mean you have to buy into their logic. If they are looking for a response simply state that you understand how they feel and leave it at that.
- If they are determined to share their misery with you walk away, end the conversation and wish them well. This is a good time to say a silent blessing that they may find peace and happiness.
- For those who won’t let it go acknowledge their position and even go so far as to tell them that you respect their right to feel as they do however you’ll have to agree to disagree.
Ultimately you have to decide how much, if any, time you want to spend with someone who generates only negativity. If your choice is to be happier in your life… it may include spending little, if any, time with those who aren’t in the same place you are. That isn’t sticking your head in the sand as they might allege… it’s choosing to live in a way that serves you better. And it is your life.