People have a tendency to reflect those they are around—so it’s important to choose the people you spend time with carefully!
By Carol Rickard
I was driving home from North Carolina the other day and I wasn’t too far from home when it happened!
It actually happened several times on the drive down, too.
Needless to say, it got me thinking about writing this post on why we don’t want to keep unhealthy people in our lives.
So, what is it that happened? I got MATCHED!
Not hitched, MATCHED!
You’re probably wondering what in the world I am talking about.
So let me explain…
Have you ever been driving or riding in a car and gone to pass another car who was going slower?
And just as you pulled up alongside this slower car, they all of a sudden seem to speed up?
Almost as if they were trying to keep you from getting ahead.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I do know I have been the person in the slower car doing that!
Most of the time, it’s not anything done on purpose, but rather an automatic response that takes over. (I have known some people who actually DO IT on purpose!)
It is an unconscious reaction--meaning it happens & then I become aware I am doing it and re-adjust by slowing back down.
There are other examples of this, too!
Think about a world class sports team who plays the last place team and should win very easily… but they almost lose or maybe they do lose.
Because the world class team MATCHED the last place team!
I remember my mother’s words of wisdom:
“Birds of a feather flock together.”
So when we have unhealthy people around us and in our lives, there is a very high chance that we will MATCH them.
This is why support groups can be a healthy place because the majority of people we meet will be moving in a direction you want to go…towards health & wellness.
Warning: That doesn’t mean everyone in a support group is a healthy person. It means it’s important to be on the lookout and spend our time around the healthy ones!
Don’t let unhealthy people hold you back—let them go.
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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