Your Weekly Motivation
“Life is a theater... invite your audience carefully.
Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives.
There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a DISTANCE.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least
minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not going
anywhere relationships or friendships.
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention.
Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones ALWAYS have drama or don’t really understand, know or appreciate you?
The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you,
The easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and Who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
Remember that the people we hang with will have an impact on both our lives and our income.
So we must be careful to choose the people we hang out with,
As well as the information with which we feed our minds.
We should not share our dreams with negative people, nor feed them with negative thoughts.
So, who’s in YOUR front row???”
I received the above in an email, loved it and decided to use it as the basis of my column today.
Have you ever thought of your life as a theatre? A theatre is a place where we go to view productions as in a movie or live entertainment. Well, your life is a production. The good thing about this production, your life, is that you are the writer, the producer and the main actor; the star of the show. Unlike other productions that people may choose to go to a theatre and see, with the production of your life, you have the option of turning away people, not allowing them in or not allowing them a front row seat.
Each day that we are alive, we are writing the stories of our own lives. With each choice that we make, be it good or bad, we are writing our stories. In writing your life story, your production, the people around you play an important role; they can either help you to produce a movie that would inspire others or a movie of despair. It is therefore of utmost importance that you are careful about the people you invite or allow in your life, particularly in your front row.
To determine the type of people you allow into your life, you must first know who you are as a person. What defines you as an individual? How do you see yourself? What is it that you want to accomplish in life? Knowing who you are and what your goals are would help you determine who to associate or not associate with.
As stated in the passage above, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not going anywhere relationships or friendships”. Are you a person with passion and ambition, one who has high goals? If you are, please don’t allow draining, negative, incompatible, not going anywhere people in your life? You may have to associate with such persons on the job or even some family members but do not allow them front row seats in your life. There are many individuals who have no intentions of going anywhere in life and their main desire is to keep you down with them. If you constantly hang around negative people, people who are complaining all the time, people with no passion or purpose, they will eventually drain you of your passion and purpose.
Allow people with such dreams and desires as yours in your front row, positive people who can inspire and support you in your endeavors, people that can hold you accountable, that can guide you or encourage you when you are going astray, that can help to keep you focused, people who also have high goals set for themselves and know that they can do all things through Christ, people you can trust.
In choosing your life’s audience, you must also be careful who you share your dreams with. There are many “Dream Killers” around us. Many people allow others to discourage them from pursuing their dreams. They tell you, “I don’t think that will work” or “You will never be able to make money doing that” and the sad thing about it is that these people with all the advice haven’t figured out their lives as yet. If you have a passion, something that is always nagging at you, something that you constantly think about, trying to find a way to make it happen, then it’s probably God’s purpose for your life. Pursue that passion; don’t allow others to stop you even before you begin. In pursuing that passion, yes you may seek advice from others, but be sure that they are experienced, knowledgeable persons who are giving you constructive criticism or advice and not just intentionally trying to kill your dream.
As seasons change in your life so would sometimes the people that you associate with. There are some people you may no longer want to be close friends with or allow front row seats in your life. They may ask, “Who do you think you are?” or they may think that you believe that you are better than they are. Do not allow this to deter you from moving on to the next season of your life. Those friends that you leave behind would have fulfilled their purpose in your life and you may now see them as a hindrance to you accomplishing your future goals. You may have learnt valuable lessons from them being in your life in the past but they are not needed for the next scene of your life’s production, so let them go!
Remember, you control this production of your life story. You are the writer, producer and main actor. The people you allow front row in this production can either build you up or break you down. Choose wisely!
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