The questions today are:
Can peer pressure be positive?
Why or why not?
And here’s what I think:
Though the peer pressure that gets the most publicity is of the negative kind
I do think peer pressure can be positive.
I think it all depends on who your peers are and their values and beliefs.
Positive peer pressure is unselfish and builds up.
Negative peer pressure is self-serving and tears down.
There are times when a friend or co-worker comes to me
for a heart-to-heart about something they feel needs to be addressed.
They are always kind and considerate, not pushy, but resolute.
I might feel a little pressure but not the demeaning or bullying pressure
felt with negative peer pressure.
I always appreciate their words but do not always do as they think I should.
Sometimes to my regret.
I am thankful for the thoughtfulness of positive peers
and the courage it takes to speak because
they believe what they have to say is for my good.