Did you realize that community is an element of healing?
Today, take some time to assess your community. Look for the positive influences: those who lift you up, encourage you, embrace you, accept you, guide you in love with grace, etc.
Acknowledge those members of your community that are negative influences: who bring you down, insult you, abuse your boundaries, take without giving back, etc.
As you assess your community, I encourage you to spend more time with those who positively influence you. It is proven that like attracts like. However, there are always going to be those negative people who want to be around you because of your positivity BUT they will drain your reserves. Create firm boundaries with those people and do not feel guilty for protecting yourself in this manner. You are worth it.
I know many who attempt to drown out negativity with positivity and find themselves drained and pulled to the negative portion of the spectrum. Protect yourself. Learn to recognize, early on, what types of people drain you and then work to minimize your exposure.
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