If you’re anything like me, the above title makes you snicker like a teenage boy rather than feel offended. If it’s the latter, sorry ‘bout that.
In this context, penetration refers to the process of making a way through or into something.
When it comes to the people around you, their energy can penetrate you – for
better or worse. You may or may not realize it. And they may or may not realize it either.
I don’t think I did until a close friend of mine wondered why I wasn’t as peppy as usual. As we got to talking, it dawned on me that I was caught up in the “misery loves company” crew at work. In fact (gulp) I may have taken over as leader. <cringe>
We’d share our latest saga at lunch, walking down the hall, running into each other in the
bathroom or elevator, walking to the train…
We’d make eye contact during meetings from across the conference room table, sending telepathic messages to one another…
We’d call each other the second something happened so we could meet up and stew about it…
We’d even forward emails that were ridiculous and comment on them. (Smart, real smart.)
We thought we were a support group, except we didn’t actually support one another!
What we were doing should not to be confused with venting. Venting implies a release. You share and move on. We were just holding onto our stress and frustration.
I knew I had to change, but part of me didn’t want to. What would my colleagues think? Would they be mad? Would they feel I was trying to be better than them if I pulled out of the group?
So I stayed. I stayed and was quiet. BUT, I learned that even if you don’t actively participate, you’re still affected by the energy that surrounds you.
It’s never too late to turn things around and I’ve got two suggestions for making things better:
Being in toxic work environments and relationships can wreck havoc on your spirit. Energy is infectious. It penetrates.
The following quotes express the same sentiment, but one might strike a chord with you over another.
These statements exist for a reason. Here’s to being mindful of these truths because you deserve to be happy and brimming with good energy.
Have a sweet day! Until next time…
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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