The Importance of Cultivating Your Circle

The Importance of Cultivating Your Circle

Patiently Awakened
Support is a crucial component in fighting chronic illness and adversity. Our humanity connects us and we thrive on relationships. Support may come in the form of family, friends, social services, groups and countless other methods. I have been fortunate to have an abundance of support for which I am grateful. Chronic illness, such as MS, often will reveal your place in a person’s life. If you want to see where you fit in, just pay attention.

Life is unpredictable and so are people. We live in a world filled with conflict, cruelty and unrest. Illness in itself is chaotic at times. Not only are we combating illness, we also are fighting various social ills. We must be wary of negative people and situations that attempt to sabotage our peace of mind.

People have a way of drawing us into situations that don’t warrant our time and attention. We exhaust our resources on these trivial matters, and then have little energy to devote to the important occurrences in our lives. As an admitted empath, I identify with the pain and struggle of others. Although I don’t regret having a kind and caring spirit, I am learning to create healthy boundaries. I am realizing that I teach people how to treat me, and I refuse to accept poor behavior.

For years I was drawn into the drama and misery of others. I am no longer amenable to those situations, or the people who partake in them. I have been disappointed countless times by those I thought really cared about me, and I wasted precious moments lamenting them. There also were times when I was pleasantly surprised, receiving comfort and reassurance from those I had least expected.

Cultivating my circle is paramount. I am learning that everyone I considered a friend is not a friend. I am learning to use the word “friend” carefully. My circle are those people who are truly invested in and concerned about me. My circle consists of those I can lean on when I am not strong enough to stand alone. They encourage me — not discourage me. I have learned that quantity is not quality, and a few faithful friends are worth more than an entourage of pretenders.

Cultivate your circle carefully. It is unproductive to welcome any unnecessary conflict into our lives, and we must remain vigilant in maintaining our tranquility. Troubles of the world are constant and negativity  always will exist. However, when we have those who love and care for us, it makes life a little easier to bear.

Don’t cry over the people who were not there for you or have depleted you. Thank them for revealing what you really meant to them. In addition, celebrate and appreciate the people in your life who always have been there. They are your trusted circle of people.

“It is during the worst times of your life that you will get to see the true colors of the people who say they care for you.” — (Ritu Ghatourey)

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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.
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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.

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