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Take Out the Trash

You can’t litter negativity everywhere and then wonder why you’ve got a trashy life. – Unknown

It’s time to take out the trash in your life. I’m not talking about the literal trash, though it’s a good idea to take that out regularly. I’m talking about the negativity that you all to fill up your life.  I don’t care how positive a person you are, you still have negativity in your life.  It may not come from you, but it’s there, nonetheless.

Do you watch the news?  Well the news just bombards you with negativity.  Do you read the paper?  Same.  Do you scroll through Facebook?  Well I think that Facebook is, without a doubt, a bastion of negativity. Do you work?  I don’t think there is anything you can say that would convince anybody that your workplace is free of negativity!  I’m not even going to discuss the negativity that is in our news, and I think we all have that one person at work that sucks all the positivity from the air, but what about Facebook?  There are cute kitten videos and pictures of dinner and positive groups with positive quotes, and people arguing about politics and creatively recounting the pefectness of their lives or significant others.  Things like that are damaging to us.  The fill our lives with negativity, either of their making or of our own when we feel as if our lives don’t quite measure up to theirs.

Now you can’t not watch the news – we owe it to ourselves and the world around us to be informed of local and world events. We can’t not work, because life costs money, and Facebook, well it’s not a necessity, but where else are you going to play Candy Crush, right? Seriously, I can’t and won’t ever tell somebody they should give up Facebook.  You’re an adult, you get to make your own decisions.

What you do need to do, is gather up that negativity on a regular basis and take out the trash.  Don’t let it litter your life.  Imagine all the negativity in a big pile and see yourself sweeping it out the door.  Maybe it’s a big giant pile and you have your own personal bucket loader come in and grab all that negativity and bury it in a big hole.  The how you do it is up to you, but the why is the same for all of us.  We deserve better.  You don’t need negativity littering your life.  It’s time to take out the trash!

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