Isn’t it funny how people get mad at you about YOUR opinions? Think about it. Even though I love my husband, while I was trying to type these very words, he just tried to argue his point of view against mine. GRRR. Stubborn, hard-headed folks occasionally get on my nerves. Yes, probably because I can be that way right back at them. Now, with people I don’t know, unless it threatens someone else, I usually walk away. If it involves something I really believe in, I will stand my ground. What I have learned is that I usually stand alone. With rare exceptions, including people who want to change the way things are, people around me have been unwilling to put themselves out there for what they believe in.
I am in no way comparing myself to great leaders and inspirational people, but they usually start alone too. I think that’s one reason I love hearing their words. It might have been 100 years ago, 50, or 20 but their words still ring true. So the advice I have been giving myself lately is to walk away from negativity. To live in the present moment, and forget the worry of past events. If someone said something hurtful 10 years ago and you are still letting it bother you today, they have won. If you can let go, your spirit wins. Work towards being the kind of person you would want to take advice from. Those negative souls will continue to turn into bitter people. I don’t know a single person who benefits from having that around them.
“You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.” ~Buddha