We've all had our moments. Lamenting the past, crying about the present, discouraged about the future. No one is innocent of having viewed the universe as a hostile place. However, if there is one thing that almost all of my mentors had in common - it was their undying optimism and encouraged outlook on the world.
This is something we hold dear in the Friendly Universe as it is the basis for all of our efforts and the fuel of our achievements. However, let us not forget the times we too were negative and appreciate the negative influences in our lives for what they are - contrast points of reference.
You can get to the point where you've surrounded yourself with only positive people, evened out your balance wheel, even re-written all of the negative neuro associations from your past to the point you feel so great for so long that you forget how it used to be. You begin to wonder if you haven't always felt this way - as if the depression or self-doubt was just a Wonderland daydream.
Then an asshole come along...
Negative people have a role in our lives. Sometimes that role is simply for purging. There is a certain catharsis to unfriending or unfollowing the people who want to drag me down. In fact, I'm excited when someone trolls one of my posts, because it's another opportunity to fine tune my life experience by cutting out potential cancers. But we don't always have a choice, do we? Sometimes, there is Thanksgiving... Negative people can always serve as a point of reference - reminding us how far we have come, encouraging us to continue, and maybe inspiring us to help them as well.
Think about it,