"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It's for that reason I work so hard to protect myself from negative energy as well. If I have the ability to make life miserable or joyous, it occurs to me, and I have found it as truth, that others have the ability to make me or joyous too if I don't protect myself from negative influences.
Happiness is a Choice.
Today the last line has been jumping out at me. "If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming." It speaks true- people love to be loved, and when they are loved they become empowered to become their highest self. Again it occurs to me that this happens in the reverse- and in the reverse is where it must happen first.
We must first love ourselves, and treat ourselves as we ought to be treated- with LOVE, before we can become what we are capable of. Once we love ourselves, and are gentle with ourselves, we can share that love with others. It's a truth I have experienced in Life. Love Begets Love, and then, Love Begets Love.
Love Yourself, so you can Shine Your Light. Love Others, so they can Shine Their Light.