Do you spend any time around negative people? Where do the negative people in your life congregate? It’s tough if the most negative people in your life are family. That might be the most unpleasant place where a negative culture surfaces. Usually in negative family environments, the biggest problem is the fact that that culture has been built, and cultivated, for generations. Family might be the toughest place of all to turn around a culture of negativity. After all, you can’t fire family. And you have to be careful about being too rash, and totally cutting off negative family members. You can’t help them, and influence them, if you completely cut them out of your life.
The problem with negative cultures, is that it so easy to get sucked into them. If you’re not careful, before you know it, you’re in the mud puddle with everyone else-caught up in the gossiping and back-stabbing. Some negativity is obvious and easy to avoid. Other times it is more subtle and sneaks up on you. Before you know it, you’re caught up in it. Do you have certain people in your life that influence you to get caught up in sarcasm and picking on people? I have a couple of people like that in my life. I really have to be on my guard when I’m around them. Sometimes I totally lose that battle and revert to my old ways, jumping right into the mud puddle.
So then the question is: How do you turn a culture of negativity?
It starts with me. I have to take responsibility for myself. I have to be the light in this dark and dreary environment. It only takes a small amount of light to light a dark room. I have to refuse to allow myself to get sucked into everyone else’s complaining and criticizing. The only chance I have of turning this culture around is to be positive. I have to smile. I have to be the great encourager. I have to be the one who speaks only good of others. The only chance that I have, is to be the positive, happy person that I want everyone else to be.
If you are currently stuck in a negative environment somewhere in your life, stay tough. Study God’s Word daily. One person can make a difference, and you are ONE person.