We’ve all probably heard the saying, ‘You are known by the company you keep’.
However, how many of us realise that we eventually become the company we keep too?
Everyday relationships, friendships and acquaintance-ships have the slow and silent power to rub off their effects and behavioural patterns on you. Whether you realize it or don’t the change starts happening within you, due to people around you.
It is great when the people around you are genuinely straight forward, honest and positive. With such people for company you benefit by imbibing these qualities. However, the world is made up of different kinds of people and there are also those who are manipulative, deceitful and always pretending to be what they are not. These people will always have you second guessing, their motives, and eventually yourself. In short not a good influence at all.
When you find yourself amongst people whom you dislike or find disturbing to be around with, take care to see that you don’t respond in kind. Never lose the inner core of your real self, your wonderfulness, no matter how many unpleasant people and situations you may face.
Don’t defend yourself by emotionally by putting up walls either, for when you do that you not only trap your own energies, but prevent new energies from reaching out to you.
If you can’t distance yourself from such people and situations, try emotional distancing, or what I call detachment, by not allowing their words and actions to seep into your being.
We need all kinds of people around us, so we could go through various experiences that would enrich us. Whether we change for the better, or choose to become bitter is our choice.
You are the one who has to live with YOU for a lifetime. Make wise choices.