Garbage in. Garbage out.
This little axiom was all the rage when computers first became common place in the workplace and schools.
Our minds are like computers too. Just think about all the information we take in during a day. We sift through most of it, kind of like how we sift through our mail. We toss the junk, lay aside the bills and other things we have to deal with. But then there is the personal stuff we hold in our hands and ponder what we’ll do with it.
This personal “correspondence” is like the people we allow into our lives.
Of course, we can’t shun all the negative people in the world, but we don’t have to open the door and invite them in for an extended stay. Face it. Some people are TOXIC to our emotional well being. I’m not saying they are bad people. I’m just saying some people aren’t good for us. They’re like food we have to avoid.
Take peanut butter for example. Overall, it’s a pretty cool, nutritious food. But for some folks, it’s deadly.
Writers, you have to take care of your emotional health. You don’t just work with your hands; you work with your hearts and your minds. When your heart is troubled and your mind is cluttered, you have too much garbage going in. And then garbage comes out.
Sometimes, however, the garbage piles up and blocks the writer from allowing anything out.
Then it’s time for a cleansing.
My goal in my life is to be a very transparent person. Very few adults know the real me. I don’t trust them. I smile and keep to myself.
I let down my guard around most of my students because many of them feel the way I do. They are just as scared of failing or getting hurt as I am. I understand their fear, so I try to create the most relaxed, non-stressful environment as possible. I want them to let down their guard, so I let down mine.
Some people are quite the opposite of toxic. They’re like good medicine. I want to be good medicine.
How do you know the difference, whether a person is poison or good medicine? Look at the effect that person has on you.
- Toxic people will rob you of your energy, your passion, your goals, your dreams, your joy, your happiness, your confidence, your love. They keep you from becoming the person you want to be.
- People who are the good medicine in your life will fuel your flame, feed your passion, help you reach your goals, believe in your dreams, make you happy, boost your confidence, help you fight your fears, and fill you with love and compassion. Good medicine makes you stronger and helps you become the person you were meant to be.
Writers, painters, poets, and musicians, God gave you your talent. Polish it until it shines. Just keep in mind how difficult maintenance can be if your defenses are down.
God is love and wants us to love all people. But we have to learn how to love ourselves before we can love others.
Too often, when we don’t know how to love ourselves, we look to others for the love we need, and sometimes the “others” are the toxic people we should avoid.
To make matters worse, when we don’t know how to be confident in who we are, we SEEK approval from other people, even GOOD people, and, sadly, because we take more than we can give, we become the TOXIC people others must avoid.
Find good medicine and allow it to make you a better person. Be the good medicine, and be the positive difference in somebody else’s life.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
“So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key.” ~The Eagles, “Already Gone”
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