Share others’ loads but don’t carry them

Although I’m personally not a prolific Tweeter or Facebooker, I check both sites on a pretty regular basis to see what friends and those I follow are up to.

It’s fascinating to recognise two very different styles amongst those who are prodigious in their content generation. It seems some people are overwhelmingly positive and light-hearted in their posts, while others dwell on the negative.

And I suppose this online behaviour just reflects real life. I’m sure we all know people who appear to radiate light wherever they go, and others who cast a sense of grey glumness over everything.

Social media makes it relatively easy to avoid seeing the posts of gloom-mongers, if you wish.

Not so simple in the real world however, particularly if they’re people with whom you need to have regular contact, for one reason or another.

Although emotions can be contagious (if you’re not careful, someone else’s misery can get through to you too) it seems to help if you’re determined to see someone else’s burden as something you can help with, rather than needing to take its full weight on your own shoulders.

Just as they seemingly can’t deal with it on their own, neither will you be able to.

Share the load, by all means, but don’t try to carry it for them.

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