If three people say nice things to you in one week, but one person says something incredibly mean, which of those are you going to let rule your life?
This week, I found myself re-evaluating how I allow other people’s comments to rule my life.
I spend a lot of time working with Greene County residents and community leaders. I do not do this job for the praise, but I’ll admit that sometimes it is rewarding to hear that I’m not terrible at what I do.
Then, there are people who are downright mean and will say things to get under your skin. Those people are luckily few and far between.
In a matter of days, I saw both sides of that spectrum, but guess which one of those things stuck with me for hours?
That’s right, the negativity.
After a couple of hours in wallowing in unnecessary frustration, I found myself asking why I let a stranger get to me when someone I knew and respected had just said something incredibly kind.
What’s more, my husband and daughter show me daily that I’m loved and respected. When I get up every morning or come home from work every day, my toddler runs at me with the biggest smile and her arms wide open. My husband constantly tells me how proud he is of me and how much he loves me.
I’ve made it my personal mission to stop allowing that negativity to grab a hold of me. I am not perfect, and I never will be, but I vow to focus on the positive.
You should too.
Sabrina is the editor of the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at sabrinagcdw@gmail.