I have always been a firm believer that people are brought into our lives when we need them most, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, but always for a reason. There are times when we don’t understand what that reason is until we are able to look back on our experiences, and then there are times that the reason is so apparent and outstanding that it can be seen as plain as day.
I was able to spend some time talking to a new friend of mine on Friday night, and the spark and positivity that was created by bringing our energies together could light up a whole room.
I think it is so interesting how different people can affect us in different ways. There are people in our lives that bring out our most beautiful qualities, make us strive to be better individuals, and push us to do our best. On the other hand, there are people that bring out all of our negative qualities, cause toxic and volatile energy, and end up holding us back or tearing us down.
It’s always an interesting process finding out who draws out our best qualities and who magnifies our worst, and it’s not always easy to see. There are times that we are masked by our perception of a situation or our justification for how we WISH something would work out, that we don’t even see all of the negative changes being made to us by surrounding ourself with that person. There have been times in my life when I am so in over my head in a situation that I almost lose myself for a second, and you better believe that I lose my light right along with it.
We all have a light within us as well as a darkness. In order to fully accept the person that you are and become your best “self,” you must fuel your light while embracing your dark. Without your darkness, you will never fully appreciate how bright your light can glow. I feel as though there are times when we try to run from our darkness, suppress it, hide it, pretend it doesn’t exist. But it isn’t until we look our darkness in the eyes, really take on our darkness head on, that we can BEAT IT and move forward with a light that shines brighter than we could ever imagine.
The people that we choose to surround ourselves with are ultimately who we become. Light attracts light while darkness can only be seen when in the dark. This is terrifying and beautiful at the same time. The best part about this is that for the most part, we get to choose who we are surrounding ourselves with. We get to choose whether we will be fueled by someone’s light, or dimmed by someone’s darkness. We determine each and every day which “self” we will put forward, and which forces we will use to impact others. Are you someone who uses your own candle in order to brighten someone else’s outlook, or are you someone who basks with them when they are feeling dark, allowing yourself to let the darkness in, as well?
Along these same lines, it is really interesting to look at the people that choose to appear depending on the way things are going in your life. Most people think that it’s the friends that stick by your side when things are dark that matter the most, but in my opinion, it is the people that are happy to see your light that deserve the most credit. How hard is it to sit around moping and feel sorry for someone when they are having a bad day? Not hard at all. And while on that note, how easy is it to almost feel a little better about ourselves and our lives when we see someone experiencing a rough patch?
It’s the people that are TRULY happy to see your success that end up bringing the most positivity to your life. The people that lift you up when you are feeling down, not the ones that stoop to your level and hang out in the darkness with you.
It’s much easier said than done, but I have discovered over the years how much light can be brought into my life by celebrating other’s achievements and feeling happy to see other people do well. Rather than feel resentful and think, “Why do THEY get ______?” Look inward, and think “what is it that I am doing that is holding ME back from ______?” Or “What steps can I take in order to get where I want to be?” We can use other’s success as motivation, inspiration, and positive energy, or we can choose to suck the life out of someone’s achievements and be the kind of person that no one wants to be excited around in fear that we will end up bringing them down.
Ultimately, no one is perfect and there will be days when your darkness gets the best of you. You can choose to wake up the next morning and hang out in the dark, or you can choose to FIND YOUR LIGHT and make it so bright that even the darkest darkness couldn’t dim your shine.