Monday, February 29, 2016

Are We Adding or Subtracting?

Are we adders or are we subtracters? Do we energize or do we drain?  What is our effect on others?  We come into contact with different people all day long.  Some of us much more than others.  How do you think others feel after finishing up a conversation with us?  Energized and motivated?  Or drained and deflated?  Are we adding to their joy and peace or are we subtracting it from their life with our negativity and complaining?  Each of us carries a significant amount of energy everywhere we go.  Some are better at picking up others' energy, meanwhile others tend to be completely clueless about how someone else may or may not be feeling.  However, I dare say that most of us just get this feeling that something is either wrong with someone we come in contact with or they're somehow overjoyed, for whatever reason.  We sense their vibe, if you will. 

So, if they do come to us already deflated and unmotivated, are we adding or subtracting?  Are we adding to their day and energy with positive thoughts and encouragement or are we subtracting their energy even further by jumping on the negativity bandwagon and sharing our discontent with the world?

God has gifted us with the incredible gifts of compassion and encouragement.  I don't believe we have those emotions to use them solely on ourselves.  Although, many of us could actually get better at encouraging ourselves and being more compassionate towards our actions and mistakes.  But, I believe that we are given these beautiful emotions to lift others up in their time of need.  To be an "adder" not a "subtracter."  Nope. I don't think those are real words in the English language, but just go with me here for a minute.  

Part of the beauty of living a simpler life, is the ability to have more time for others.  We are oftentimes stuck in a rat race that does not seem to ever end.  We go to work, come home, pay the bills, feel miserable, wake up and do it all over again.  How about devoting of ourselves to others?  Giving of our time and resources to those in need is one of the most rewarding and beautiful things any human being can do.  But, how can you if you never "have time?"  You can't.

I encourage you today to take a serious step into simplifying your life.  Stay tuned for Wednesday's post, in which I will share with you part I of a 2 part series on Creating a Simple Life.  By taking a leap into the simple life, I hope you will become the very best "adder" you can possibly be because you will now have the time and energy to devote to others.  Today? I would encourage us all to ask ourselves this very question as we go through our day... "Am I adding right now? Or am I subtracting?"