I read this quote recently and had to share it with all of you: “Keep the people in your life who charge your battery, not the ones who drain it dry.”
You know exactly who that refers to, don’t you?
The dream dashers.
The negative Nancys.
The wailing wallers.
The snark-a-saurus Rexes.
The ones whose sport it is is to point out the frailty of your plans.
The ones who love nothing more than telling you every reason why whatever it is you’re dreaming of will never come to be.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I find encouragement a little hard to come by.
I’ll set off on a mission and find myself assaulted by others’ opinions; every comment shared out of “concern” drags me further out to sea. Suddenly .. I’m adrift. Bobbing along with the current, like a refugee, wondering if I even have the energy to get back to shore?
Easy answer, harder to hear: I. Allowed. It.
Keeping the peace .. for someone else’s sake.
Allowing them to steamroll me because that’s just how they are.
Losing my voice in the cacophony of theirs.
And then, in the midst of it all, a glimmer of light winks at me in the distance: it’s a battery charger. The person who smiles when they see you, lifts you up in love and whispers: You can do it. That’s a great idea! How can I help?
This Christmas, I’m asking Santa for a stocking full of Battery Chargers.
How about you? Do you have someone to charge your battery? Are you a charger or a discourageraptor?