In French class we learn the concept of the "faux ami" - an English word with a different meaning in French. A good example is 'blesser,' which means 'to wound.'
There are false friends in real life too - those who are secretly jealous when things go well for us and take deviant pleasure in our suffering when they don't. They tend to draw our attention back to our failures and all the things that could go wrong.
We may not be able to put our finger on how they've done it, but we always feel worse after spending time with them.
Today's mindfulness challenge is to simply notice who brings you up, and who brings you down.
Sometimes the blesser is a curse.
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