Let’s take a moment for self-examination. I do this, every so often, myself, and I thought I’d share.
How do we affect others? Do they come away with smile? a good feeling? uplifted?
Or do we drag them down?
Are our interactions with others positive and warm?
Or are they negative and dark?
When we’re having trouble making friends or even keeping them, it’s often because we haven’t taken care to be a light in their lives.
I know people facing terrible challenges who manage to remain upbeat and positive. And others who have everything in the world but are weighed down in negativity.Sure, everyone has a bad day or two, and a big part of friendship is being able to share those feelings. Some people suffer real depression and that can color the world grey. But when every interaction with a friend is grey and depressing, when nothing positive results, ever, why would anyone want to spend time with us?
Overall, are we additive to the lives of our friends and loved ones?
I think it’s good to look in the mirror every once in a while and check what our real impact is on others …and how that affects our friendships. And maybe even make some changes in how we interact.
What do you think?