PIPO is my mantra. Positive In, Positive Out.
A few years ago, after a two-year period of anger and heartbreak and hatred (yes, I’ll admit it—hatred) I woke up one day and said, “ENOUGH!”
I already have health issues; why on earth was I purposely adding dysfunction and pain to my physical and mental well[or, not-so-well]being?
You see, when I wrap myself up in the negativity of others, I become negative. When I am stressed or pressured and have no healthy release, or no safe way to tell another person they are being negative and harmful, I swear and slam things. I grind my teeth. I get raging migraines. I eventually get calm… very calm. Creepily calm. And then I am a terror to the world.
So I made the conscious choice and effort to eradicate negative energy from my world.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m still as sarcastic and cynical as ever! I wouldn’t be my true self if I changed those character traits. And if it is something that directly impacts my children, watch out.
Beyond that, life is so much better when I simply roll my eyes or ignore negative behavior in other people. Sitting quietly while another person rants and spews preventable anger or meanness is far more healthy for me than to engage.