Today's post is going to be quick, short, and to the point.
You've heard it before... you have to nurture your plants if you want them to grow, yada yada yada. I think we can all agree on that. You also know that you have to occasionally inspect your garden to A. pick what's ripe if it's a vegetable garden, and B. pull the weeds.
Let's talk about those nasty little buggers. Weeds are garden killers. They invade gardens causing vegetables or plants and flowers to compete for water, sunlight, and nutrients. If weeds aren't removed, you'll end up with a poor quality garden. Bottom line: Weeds reduce a garden's productivity. Not good.
Your thought process and life is much like a garden. You do your best to plant positive thoughts, practice daily habits that help you to be productive, and it brings a sense of pride to see the fruits of your labor. You've done good.
But, there's always that one person who comes along and, for some reason, has to verbally regurgitate and rub off all of their negative crap onto you. They complain, nag, see something wrong at every turn. No matter how nice someone was or looked, they had something bad to say about them. They're mantra is "life sucks".
I can't think of anything more dangerous than allowing someone else to plant their negative seeds in your mind! You may not even notice that their negative behavior and somber perspective about life has rubbed off on you. I remember when I was a little girl, I loved helping my mom with the garden. She had so many different types of vegetables growing. It was pretty exciting to watch them grow. We had tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cabbage, corn, green beans, radishes - so many things. Not knowing the difference between a weed and a newly grown seedling, I was afraid of pulling up the wrong thing so I'd ask, "Is this a weed mom?" Eventually I learned the difference and the moment I'd spot a weed I'd proudly pluck it out.
Negativity sort of creeps in like that and you may not be able to distinguish it right away. You have to be mindful. Tend to your garden!
Life is way to short to take the time to try and curb or dodge someone else's negativity - and plus, there are way too many people out there that would impact your life in a positive way. You can only control your own behavior - and you're accountable for you.
Pull those weeds out of your garden!! Pluck those negative situations, thoughts, and people out so that your mind has room to grow and blossom.
Until next time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wanauma Graham is the founder of BossFreeMedia.com, a hub for self-development content for women entrepreneurs. Wanauma’s books include Totally Unstoppable, Her Mark and a collection of journals and planners.