You get what you give

I’ve talked before about how difficult it can be to remain kind and positive towards another person whenever they are not being pleasant in return.  It is so easy to throw back what they are dishing out, so to speak.  “You get what you give” is a phrase often thrown around in these situations.  It is said that if you aren’t handling your impatience or anger in a way that is positive, or you’re taking those emotions out on another person who isn’t necessarily responsible for the emotions you’re feeling, you “deserve” to be treated badly in return.  While it might feel good in the moment to give it back to them, it’s not the answer.

I was raised Catholic, and still practice a lot of those teachings today, but I also put a lot of emphasis on the Universe and the energy that exists within and around every living thing (I’m still trying to figure out how it all fits together, myself).  Anyways, I always think about the energy I am giving off, as well as trying to grab the negative energy of other things and emerge it in positive energy.  I’ve read a lot about it and I strongly believe that energy attracts energy; Whether it is negative or positive.

I had a situation a few days ago where I was pretty bummed out and not quite feeling myself, and in turn, my energy wasn’t nearly as high as it usually is.  I thought that the Universe was against me and that nothing could have gone worse; everything seemed to go wrong that morning when I was trying to leave for work, I had a very challenging day once I got there, and nothing seemed to be going my way.  I was thinking to myself, “What the heck is going on? Why is this day so bad?”  As soon as I said that, I realized that my energy was so negative and it was attracting more bad energy. Ew! No wonder nothing seemed right, I was being a big negative energy ball.  As I was driving home this morning from taking my car to the shop (another rough patch last week), I was listening to the radio in car I am borrowing.  At first I was feeling out of place in a different car with different seats and different radio stations, etc. But I was clicking through the pre-set buttons and came across a Christian radio station.  At that moment the host was talking about the following passage:

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Luke 6:38

This really resonated with me after the week I was having.  Not only are we able to give gifts through tangible things or charity work, but this also coincides with exchanging energy with others.  What you give will come back to you; maybe not right away, but the good energy you give to others will make it’s way back.  This past week, I was a perfect example of how negative energy will come back to you like an angry boomerang.  As soon as I realized this, I was instantly regretting being that way because I was absolutely passing that along to others.  If someone walks away from me feeling worse than when they walked up, my job was not done.

If you’re struggling with “bad days” or when it feels like the world is weighing so heavily on your heart, take a step back and look at the energy you are surrounded with.  Perception is everything.  Replace the negative energy with positive and see what happens.  Is this an easy thing to do? No. It can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re feeling very low.  Sometimes it feels like there is nothing good about how your life is, or the good things you can think of seem trivial compared to the bad stuff; but you have to stay focused. Trust me! You can turn a bad day around so easily by simply holding your head a little higher while walking through it.

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