Scorpions are nasty little critters. They can slip through the smallest of cracks and have lightning fast stingers. The sting of most scorpions is not deadly, but the poison they inject is extremely painful and can cause a number of complications.
When we think of scorpions we usually associate them with dry, desert type terrain. Would it surprise you to learn that these creepy crawlies also abound in the forests of the Pacific Northwest? Well they do and from time to time they even show up inside the house. Trust me, seeing a scorpion walk across your living room carpet is not a comfortable feeling.
Emotional scorpions can poison our attitude
Negative talk and conversations that lean in a negative direction are like poison to us emotionally. Negativity can easily slip through the cracks when our guard is down and seep into our consciousness. Then that insidious verbal poison goes to work changing the direction of our thoughts.
I’m not sure why, but when we get around conversations that are harsh or judgmental it can pull us in like quicksand. Before we even realize it, we can find ourselves saying and feeling things that are completely contrary to our generally positive nature.
Limit exposure to corrupting influences
If we want to maintain a happy, positive, and grateful attitude, it is absolutely vital that we avoid exposing ourselves to emotionally poisonous influences. If you picture negative speech as a verbal scorpion, what will you do when someone tries to hand it to you? You are going to avoid it like the plague, right? You’ll refuse to have anything to do with it. In fact, you will automatically move in the opposite direction to protect yourself.
I invite you to anchor this image of negative talk as a poisonous verbal scorpion. Train your reflexes to avoid it like the dangerous, corrupting influence that it is. Doing so will make it much easier to focus on things that are positive and emotionally healthy. You will find it much easier to maintain a positive frame of mind and a positive, optimistic tone in your speech.
Choose your influencers carefully
It’s an undeniable fact that we are all susceptible to the influence of those around us, both positive and negative. Why not use that knowledge in a beneficial way by putting ourselves in the company of those whose primary focus is positive and encouraging?
Have you ever met somebody who never has a bad word to say about anyone? How do you feel about that person, do you like being around them? Not only is it refreshing, it is also contagious. It rubs off on us!
On the other hand, have you ever been around people who like to put down others and constantly focus on negative things? The next thing you know, you find yourself right in the middle of their conversation. Later on, you look back on the whole experience and wonder how you let yourself slip into that.
Cultivate friendships with positive people
In a world with an abundance of negative noise, we all need to take steps to protect ourselves emotionally. Avoiding the negative influences can go a long way toward maintaining a positive attitude. Being in the company of those who have a positive outlook also helps us to recognize our own blessings and to appreciate them even more.
Don’t keep company with people who dwell on negative things, don’t let them hand you a verbal scorpion. If you make it a point to associate with those who are positive and upbuilding, you’ll find that your whole world takes on a completely different feeling.
Good association builds positive attitudes
It’s really a matter of training. If you can train yourself to view negative talk as verbal poison then your instant reaction will be to move away from it, and to avoid it. I’m not just talking about live speech here. This also applies to entertainment including the music you listen to, television programs you watch, and the movies you see.
All of these things should be considered association. It’s all input and your mind doesn’t know the difference between a conversation on the television and a conversation with a live person.
There is incredible power in association and we can benefit ourselves by making wise choices in this area. It is extremely important that we avoid exposing ourselves to those who have a negative bent and who use their speech in a defamatory or judgmental way. Hang around with people who are happy, positive upbeat and grateful and you’ll find yourself cultivating those same empowering qualities.