There is an axiom that’s been circulating in the personal development world for years now that says we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with (attributed to Jim Rohn and others).
And I say its Bull Sh$t. (and some have a $100k a year program to make sure you meet and circulate with the “right” folks)
It’s a good way to make people paranoid.
Don’t believe that the 5 people you spend the most time with — even if they are broke, sick, negative or failing in life — that you too will soon be like them.
The purveyors of this madness claim these traits are “contagious” and if you really want to be successful you need to be hanging out with wealthy, super healthy, skinny, very successful folks. (If this were true my retirement account would be off the charts)
There is even a new “study” out that claims if you are hanging out with obese people, chances are 48% you too will become obese.
I am pretty sure that this study didn’t take into account that these people may be in families, where everyone eats the same thing, and perhaps can’t afford more than fast food but that’s another rant for another day.
I grew up with an obese father and his family were all big people, and yet, the rest of my immediate family were always normal weight.
Dad’s obesity was not contagious, but fortunately his passion for social justice was!
Life is just not as simple as this axiom claims. If you are reading this, chances are you are a thinker, a seeker, and you are taking responsibility for your life, your thoughts, your beliefs, your actions and you have discernment.
The people I know that buy into this thinking ALSO claim to be very spiritual…. ugh!
Let’s all try to love and support ourselves, and those closest to us, as well as strangers struggling on the street.
Feeling stressed lately?
You will love this new book “Instant Calm” – from my bestselling author friend Karen Salmansohn “Instant Calm” shares a range of relaxing 2 minute meditations – which are fun and simple to do. They are unusual “sensory” meditations – sometimes called “grounding tools.”
Each is based on focusing on one of your 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell) in a one-pointed way. They’re recommended by psychiatrists, yogis and neuro-scientists.
They’re great for beginners to meditation – as well as advanced meditators – because there’s something for everyone.
Wishing you love, laughter and magical kisses,