This brings me to another parallel.
Beautiful street art colours many of the walls in Bandra, Mumbai. This is an attempt to beautify the area - the creative and cooperative work of several artists. But it is not just beautification alone that they're working towards. They are safeguarding the walls from rude messages being painted, flyers being stuck and the walls being used as public toilets!
Drawing a parallel between the walls and us, I see how we can make a choice about how to respond to people who misunderstand us (sometimes deliberately!), insult us and generally paint us in a poor light. We can either grumble, curse and lash out at them or we can focus on strengthening ourselves so that whatever they say has no effect on us.
I've learned that when negative people are getting me down, I should raise the level of my own positive energy. How do I do that?
1. By focusing on gratitude. Continually being thankful for all I have and all the love I enjoy.
2. By being creative. Focusing my energy on my writing and other creative things like cooking and knitting.
3. Doing what I love most. For me, that's reading. So the fact that I've managed to read over 300 books in two years should tell you how I keep sane. ;)
When you encounter negative people - think of mosquitoes, think of beautiful walls and just be you!
Color your own space, create your own sunshine, make your own magic and be your own kind of beautiful!