近朱者赤,近墨者黑


   Buo Xuan, a writer and philosopher from the Jing Dynasty, once said: “One who stays near vermilion gets stained red, and one who stays near ink gets stained black”. When you surround yourself with wellness and positivity, you’ll be influenced by it.
   We can choose who we are with. We can choose what we surround ourselves with. We can choose what kind of people we want to become. We are easily affected by the ones around us. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing, especially when it comes to positive influences. When it comes to the ones that drag and pull you down: There are people who will force you to swim in pools of negativity, forcing you to dance with the devil day and night in shoes that you cannot take off. When you put yourself near ink, you will be stained. 
   Surround yourself with positivity: people who would be there for you when you need them to. Their tender words and caring touches can be your fuel.  
   It’s about who you want near you. Who do you want to influence you, what kind of people do you want to become, what matters to you more? Having friends or having the friends that are right for you? The ones that will care about you and stick around or the ones that will abandon you when they drove you to trouble?

By Wen Hsiao

2 comments

  1. A short piece, though inquisitive nonetheless. Buo Xuan was absolutely right.

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