The Power of Negativity (and Conversely, Postivity)

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the idea of negative/positive energy and how it impacts our lives. I'm reading a book Oprah wrote, called “What I Know For Sure”, and the experience has been affirming to what I feel about the topic of negativity.

So, I just want to put this out there, because I believe the following statements from the bottom of my heart, even if I don’t live it out every day as much as I’d like to: Dark energy in the form of negativity is a complete waste of time. I’ve spent a lot of time dwelling in a negative space in the past year, and I have to say, I don’t want to go back there. There is no reason to let other people’s dysfunction and ego-driven pursuits rob you of your light, because your light is precious, and good, and sacred, and made to be used for the utmost uplifting and encouragement. Why on earth would you settle for less? 

“Say good riddance to decisions that don’t support self-care, self-value, and self-worth.” -Oprah

As human beings, we deserve to be encouraged and supported in a way that promotes growth, both personally, relationally, and professionally. We are spontaneous, joyful, and open beings. So, do the people in your life promote this for you? Do they give you energy, or do they drain you and stunt your growth? Are you freely giving what you want to be given? These are things I’ve been thinking about a lot, and quite honestly, I’m at a point where I’m ruthlessly saying a resounding YES to anything and everything that resonates positivity, and a resounding HELL NO to anything the tries to bring me down. Good-bye! You know what I mean?

“I’m convinced that the negative has power—and if you allow it to perch in your house, in your mind, in your life, it can take you over. Those negative words climb into the woodwork, into the furniture, and the next thing you know, they’re on your skin. A negative statement is poison.” -Maya Angelou

I don’t say any of this to be selfish or self-righteous, because that’s an easy trap to fall into. It’s the gentle pursuit of peace I’m after, the de-cluttering of my home both in the physical realm, and within my heart and mind. It’s the mission to promote the hopes and dreams of my friends—and the complete stranger, too. If our friendships, relationships, and daily interactions were aimed at building up and encouraging rather than tearing down and criticizing, how would this change our experience of life?“We’d remember that while words have the power to destroy, they also have the power to heal.” (Oprah)And that’s beautiful. And that’s worth fighting for every precious minute we have on this earth. 

xoxo and all the Love in the world,

Laura