Happiness And Peace Are Up To You

As an empath and co-dependant type, this is something I work on regularly – I’m worlds better  than I once was, and I’m able to hear this sentiment in my mind even during the toughest times. I’ve referred to this idea often because it’s juts so powerful. . .

I remember watching Labyrinth as a kid – you remember that film with David Bowie as the Goblin King, right?  Yeah, that one.  (Don’t judge!) Well, for whatever the reason, I always noted – rather firmly – the “you have no power over me” part (the phrase alluded to in my early post, as linked above.)  It just stuck.  That said, I didn’t really apply it to myself until many…many…moons later.

Today I find myself going back to the sentiment – OFTEN.  As they say, everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  You never know what’s going on with someone else, and therefore cannot know the impetus behind their actions.  The reactions others have are (truly) their own and what we see is not always an accurate reflection of the full picture. Because of this, it is important we remind ourselves that whatever negativity comes our way – no matter the form – it doesn’t have power over us unless we let it.  

As human beings, we feel – for empaths, profoundly – and that’s okay.  But we do have a choice about whether we go flying off the tracks in anger, sadness, hurt etc…based on the actions of others.  We don’t HAVE to.  Neither they, nor any other junky energy, need ruin a beautiful day, or change our positive approach – only we can decide that.

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Look On The Bright Side

Yes, I am one of those…  I am thankful to have a glass, forget whether there is something in it or not (because, it is a glass, and that’s a great deal more than most might have.)

I’m an uber-optimist.  I see the good in everything, beauty in unlikely places, and positive lessons even when faced with Life’s darker depths.  It’s gotten me into trouble on occasion, no doubt – I am also known to be a giver (and not the best receiver.)  Codependents might recognize the ring of that bell!

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But honestly…I’d rather air on the side of seeing the GOOD in things, and forgiving when “hate” implores it is my only option.  

I’m not blissfully unaware.  

Nor am I above having bad days, moody moments, fits of tears, or overall stress.  

Neither are my lenses completely “rosy” in the oblivious sense of the term – I do see rightly, and I will see both sides, for better and for worse…

But my focus?  My FOCUS is going to lean as positively as I can get it to because anger, negativity, hate, and frustration are toxic.  They injure ourselves as much as others – “holding onto poison,” as they say, isn’t so far from the truth.

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So even when I am having a rough day, or I’m disappointed in myself…  Even if something didn’t go “right”...I will do my best to remember I have a glass to begin with, and that’s quite a start, I’d say…  I also have a faucet, and it appears to be a limitless wellspring…how about that?

Blessed, and then some.