People Who Lift and People Who Lean

November 5, 2012

There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.
Not the good and the bad, for ‘tis well understood
That the good are half-bad and the bad half-good.
No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.

– Ella Wilcox

We all know leaners. They are the people we don’t care to be around. They discourage us. They suck the joy from a room when they walk in. Each relationship in their life has only one side; theirs. They make constant emotional withdrawals without ever making a single deposit; leaving such a negative balance that we seek to avoid them altogether. They manage to find the bad in every situation.

We all know lifters. They are the people who we love to be around. They encourage us. They brighten up the room when they walk in. They give a hug at just the right moment. They know when to encourage us, and when to just sit with us and be there. They find the good in every situation. They lift us.

The truth is, we are all capable of lifting; and we are all capable of leaning. It is a choice. And it’s one we make every single day.

Are you going to be a lifter or a leaner today?