"You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?"~W. Clement Stone
"Be careful the environment you choose, for it will shape you."~W. Clement StoneI've had several jobs and lived in many placed throughout my life. The positive, and the negative, environments in every situation tremendously effected my 'world' more than any other thing. Not the home I lived in, nor the salary I made, has ever been the deciding factor on whether I was happy; felt balanced or even fulfilled.
One of the happiest times of my life was when my children were young; while living in a modest house and I had a home day care. We didn't have cable TV, a dish washer, new cars and I worked 12 hours days. However, I was very, very happy.
My environment was full of children and love. Being a mom and babysitting for me was fulfilling and I felt appreciated by my both my own family and the families of the children that I cared for like my own.
When my children got older and didn't need me home all the time; I was lucky enough to find a job I loved and with people that were like family. I was appreciated and felt I was very good at that job... so again I was happy and fulfilled.
Then I moved to Iowa, where I've had many ups and downs in the last 7 years. Most of those ups and downs had to do with environments. My son had good, positive environments in high school and college. However, living in someone else's small town the first 6 years, and the target of some negative/evil people; left us feeling sad and even fearful at times. Negative environments cause us to find fault with both ourselves and the people around us. Neither of which create a positive feelings outlook.
"The environment you choose will effect your mood, your health and your future. I know, it has for me every time."~ME
The Importance of Positive Environments
"Somewhere along the path, I realized that I am extremely sensitive and must be careful what I expose myself to. I believe that all of us share the same sensitivity and that ignoring it leads to vague unhappiness or downright misery." ~Silver Rose