When you’re an optimist on such a deep level that it’s almost a subatomic condition to your personality, being around negative and cynical people can be very painful. And confusing and maddening.
You can only listen to someone eulogize their own negativity for so long before you feel like hurling yourself in front of a moving garbage truck.
Yes, there are many ways to resist the pull of this negative energy. You can physically remove yourself from the room, plug in headphones and relax into your favorite music, or simply ignore people.
But in many situations, there is no escape. You are trapped. And you have to learn to acclimate to even the most unpleasant people. Identifying where they end and you begin. Discerning what’s yours and what’s theirs. And monitoring your own behavior to make sure you don’t get sucked into their vortex.
Remember, if we let external circumstances dictate our inner peace, we are the losers. If we sit there in a silent state of boiling inner rag, we are the losers.
As optimists, our spirits will stumble under the weight of negativity.
And so, it’s our responsibility to defend our own sense of inner order.
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