Single parenting can be full of its own misery at times. Carrying the burden for your child's salvation, physical well-being, education, and ultimately their entire livelihood all by yourself can lead to many moments of frustration and negativity. Sure there are wonderful and amazing moments, and my prayer for you is that more times than not your experiences are full of greatness. However, truth be told is that the moments of misery will come and you will be left to determine how you will touch those around you during those times. Will you be "Debbie-Downer" or will you seek to rise above what is going on within your circumstance and put a smile on your face? Remember the blog I wrote entitled: What Is Your Megaphone Broadcasting? Well I think that along with how you handle your emotions and output, it is just as important how you handle the emotions of others and their input into your life.
If you find yourself around someone who is trying to bring you down, just give them a smile and remember to pray for them as they are suffering in their own misery. Don't add to it, just simply pray that they would find relief and a better attitude.
Top 5 Ways to Deal with a Difficult or Negative Person
1) Extend grace and pray, pray, pray. This will not only help your attitude toward them, but will also help give you grace for them when you start to feel under attack.
2) Resist the urge to judge them or their situation. It is hard to offer someone compassion if they have already been placed into an "unforgiven" category.
3) Maintain a positive space around you and walk away when negativity starts to occur.
4) Restrict emotional responses. Answer verbal or non-verbal words with compassion. If compassion fails at alleviating the tone, then speak with a kind but direct manner to what you need with as little emotion as possible.
5) Remember, numbers have proven that with negativity comes stress and disease. Keep yourself healthy and concentrate on remaining positive. Surround yourself with as many positive people as you can.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.