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Sometimes it’s a real struggle to keep a positive attitude when there is so much negativity around.
I think it’s going to get even harder as the US presidential election starts winding up. It’s already beginning.
So-called “news” stories are beginning to crop up trying to pit one side against another.
I pulled up Facebook this afternoon to find the whole page riddled with shared political stories and memes. I almost got sucked into it.
So I’ve made myself a promise. I’m going to do my best to stay above the fray and make my Facebook timeline a positive place.
Why do I bother?
Well, someone posted something political on my page and I immediately started typing a rebuttal, annoyed by the insinuation in the post.
But then I stopped. I thought, “Is this really going to change this guy’s thinking or just annoy him and start an unpleasant debate?”
Would something about his post change my mind?
The answer was “NO”.
So there just isn’t any reason to get into it. It doesn’t make me feel better. It doesn’t lessen my frustrations. It doesn’t fix anything. And it certainly doesn’t make the other person feel better.
So I quit typing and never posted my reply. I’m so glad I did.
Here is my plan:
First step, unfollow people who constantly post negative or divisive posts whether I agree with them or not.
This is going to be hard because some of them are close friends or family. But I figure I can check up on them from time to time by popping in on their pages to see what they are up to.
Just because I unfollow them doesn’t mean they quit following me. They can still comment on my posts and share them.
I tried this out and it seems to be working.
They can still send me messages so we’re not out of contact.
But at least I don’t have to see their negative stuff every day.
Second step, block web pages, blogs and news outlets that participate in the stuff. That’s a no brainer. When a post shows up on your page that is a shared link, it’s pretty easy to block the link so you never have to see it again even if your friend posts another link from that site.
Third step, unfriend people who persist.
This is pretty drastic and is reserved for only the most negative people that I want out of my life.
But then again, it pays to be choosy what you you let into your life.
I love this quote: “People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
― Steve Maraboli, author of Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
So if you’re a positive person who is on their way to success, you are the kind of person I want to rub shoulders with.
If you liked this little thought, please check out my blog at http://anita-hales.com and leave me a positive comment.
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Yours in Success,
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