Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.

In the town of Harmonyville, every individual was a note, and together, they composed the grand symphony of life. Melody, a soft-spoken young woman with raven-black hair and a penchant for daydreaming, often felt like a note out of tune. Her world seemed filled with discordant sounds, primarily because she often found herself amidst naysayers and doubters.

Growing up, Melody was brimming with dreams. She dreamt of painting sunrises, writing sonnets, and dancing with the wind. However, her immediate circle—comprising some old school friends and few relatives—often quelled her aspirations. “Why chase whimsical dreams, Melody? Be practical,” they’d chide.

The weight of their words bore down on her, stifling her spirit, making her question her own worth. The vibrant colors of her dreams gradually began to fade into dull shades of gray.

One fateful evening, as she walked by the riverbank, she met Luna, an elderly woman with silver strands in her hair, shining like moonbeams. Luna played a violin, its tunes echoing the serenade of the stars.

Drawn to the music, Melody shared her dreams and her fears with Luna. The wise old woman listened, her eyes twinkling with understanding. “Dear child,” Luna began, “life’s symphony finds its true beauty when we surround ourselves with notes that complement our essence, not clash with it.”

With Luna’s encouragement, Melody began attending gatherings at the Harmonyville Arts Center. Here, she met souls who resonated with her own. There was Aria, a poet whose words danced with emotion; Cadence, a painter whose brush strokes told tales of forgotten lands; and Lyric, a dancer who moved as if the world were his canvas.

These new friends uplifted her, believed in her, and echoed her passions. With their support, Melody rediscovered her voice. She began painting, her canvases alive with the hues of her dreams. She wrote tales of hope, love, and longing. And on some days, she danced, letting her spirit soar free.

One might wonder: what was the difference? She was still in Harmonyville, still the same Melody. The transformation lay in her company—the notes that now surrounded her. Positive, supportive, and radiant, they formed a protective circle, shielding her from doubt and amplifying her strengths.

As days turned into nights and nights into days, Harmonyville witnessed a miraculous change. Melody, once lost, now shone the brightest. Her artworks adorned galleries, her tales were recited with fervor, and her dances became the stuff of legend.

But the true magic? It wasn’t just about Melody’s success. It was about how her newfound circle of supportive individuals grew together. They celebrated each other’s triumphs, offered solace during setbacks, and continually inspired one another. Together, they composed the most beautiful tunes, adding richness to Harmonyville’s grand symphony.

Decades later, an older Melody, her hair now bearing streaks of silver, sat by the same riverbank, her fingers strumming a guitar. A young man approached, his eyes filled with dreams and uncertainties alike. And as the cycle of life would have it, Melody echoed Luna’s wisdom, “Surround yourself with those who see the stars in your skies, not just the clouds.”

Through Melody’s journey, a profound truth emerges for all of us: The company we keep shapes our journey, influences our mindset, and defines our path. In a world filled with cacophonies, it becomes vital to find those harmonious notes, those individuals who uplift, support, and resonate with our essence. For in their presence, not only do we find the courage to chase our dreams, but we also discover the joy of seeing them fulfilled.

So, in the intricate symphony of life, let’s seek those notes—those positive, supportive souls—that make our music richer, deeper, and infinitely more beautiful. After all, life’s melodies are sweeter when sung together.

Action To-Do List for Surrounding Yourself with Positive, Supportive People:

  1. Self-Reflection: Identify the kind of energy you want in your life. Understand what positivity and support mean to you.
  2. Audit Your Circle: Make a list of the people you spend the most time with. Reflect on how each person makes you feel after interacting with them.
  3. Engage in New Activities: Join clubs, classes, or groups related to your interests. These are potential places to meet like-minded, positive individuals.
  4. Limit Time with Energy Drainers: If there are people who consistently bring negativity or drain your energy, consider limiting your time and interactions with them.
  5. Express Gratitude: Regularly acknowledge and thank those who support and uplift you. This reinforces positive bonds.
  6. Avoid Gossip: Engage in conversations that uplift rather than those that tear down. This will attract more positive interactions.
  7. Be the Change: Make an effort to be supportive and positive in your interactions. Often, the energy you give out is what you attract.
  8. Seek Mentorship: Identify individuals you admire for their positivity and approach them for guidance or mentorship.
  9. Attend Workshops: Look for seminars, workshops, or conferences that emphasize personal growth, positivity, or self-development.
  10. Set Boundaries: Clearly define your emotional and mental boundaries. If someone repeatedly crosses them, have an open conversation or reconsider the relationship.
  11. Network Online: Join online communities or forums related to your passions. Engage in uplifting discussions and connect with positive individuals.
  12. Practice Empathy: Understand that everyone is on their own journey. Approach relationships with empathy, which will naturally cultivate supportive connections.
  13. Reconnect: Reach out to old friends or acquaintances who always had a positive impact on your life.
  14. Seek Feedback: Ask close friends or family for their perceptions of your social circle and if they feel it’s supportive and positive.
  15. Continuously Evolve: As you grow and change, ensure that your circle reflects this evolution. Adjust and adapt as necessary.

By actively integrating these steps into your life, you’ll create an environment where positivity thrives and where each individual, including yourself, is empowered to be their best self. Remember, we rise by lifting others, and in the right company, the sky’s the limit.

<a href="" target="_self">Danny Ballan</a>

Danny Ballan


Danny is a podcaster, teacher, and writer. He worked in educational technology for over a decade. He creates daily podcasts, online courses, educational videos, educational games, and he also writes poetry, novels and music.

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