We hear or read a juicy tidbit or a negative slur on some political figure we dislike or a person we don't hold in high regard—and it's just like seeing a shiny object on our path. We just have to check it out. And once we do, we're drawn down, down, down. Right?
I don't want to get caught up in negativity. I'm sure you don't either. And I have clients tell me the same. But it's so, so easy to do so—especially in this busy, crazy and negative atmosphere around us. Once we go there, climbing back to the high road takes more energy.
I remember Michele Obama's words when she talked about hearing the negative things people say about her husband, her or her family: "When others go low, we go high." I like that. It's a great way to live. And I wish I could say I always do that.
I commit to keep on trying, though. What about you? Have you found any practices to help you do that more often? I know for me, healthy practices assist me—getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, quiet time or meditation, mindfulness and staying awake and aware. But it still takes conscious effort. I'd love to hear what works for you. If you're willing to do so, please add your practices in the comment box below.