Joseph Conrad asked us to run towards something we love, rather than run away from something we hated. The difference is very important for our life energy and direction.
Running away from negativity is a panic reaction- we simply run without knowing where we are going and mostly we end up being in the fire right from the frying pan. Recently I had many people were asking me for help in resolving a negative situation created by someone else. Although I had some interest in this and usually I would have jumped right in bursting with righteous anger and wanting ‘justice’, this I time I felt a different approach was needed.
I felt that rather than getting involved in denials, accusations and bad mouthing that others were in, it was more productive to be silent and just do something positive instead. This has saved me from being implicated in slandering and negativity while I have continued to be engaged creatively and constructively. I am sure this situation will resolve soon and I wish everyone happiness. I have run to happiness and creativity myself and feel at peace. I have not let the negativity of others affect my own creativity. I feel I am doing good by being creative and peaceful. This is my conviction. Justice comes in different forms and not at the time when we may want to see it. But it does come and we don’t have to spend our life energy all the time on dispensing ‘justice’ to others. We must trust that the universal law of cause and effect will work. In the meanwhile, ‘Do good, be good and think good’ and spread positive energy ourselves.
I don’t remember where I got this from but this sums it up-
An important feature of conviction is that it’s for something, e.g., the wellbeing of loved ones, justice, fair treatment, or equality, while resentment (derived from feelings of certainty) is against something – mistreatment of loved ones, injustice, or unfairness. The distinction may seem subtle, but it’s crucial. Those who hate injustice want retribution and triumph, not fairness. They fantasize about punishment of their unjust opponents, who stir “justifiable” contempt. Being for something creates positive feelings of interest, passion, or joy, which tend to improve health and relationships.