Toxic…interesting word. It has so many meanings. There is the toxic that is poison that can actually kill you. Then there is the toxic that so many of us use to describe that which is bad for you. This bad can be bad for you physically and or emotionally.
For this blog, toxic will refer to the bad that doesn’t leave you feeling well emotionally. There are some people that can leave you feeling bad and unloved. Time spent with such folk leaves you questioning yourself and your view of the world. Although questioning oneself is not a bad thing, doing so after every encounter with some people is simply not fun. Why should you hang with people that aren’t fun?!
I love to learn about myself and other people. People’ing’ is what I do best. My tribe is a bunch that is open to learning about themselves and others. I tend not to mix with people that are closed minded and preachy. I especially have a hard time with those that are preachy yet choose not to practice what they preach (cough cough you know who you are!).
It doesn’t matter who these negative people are. They can be friends or they can be family, if they bring you down, DISTANCE YOURSELF. Put yourself first. Protect yourself. Love yourself. Surround yourself with humans that are loving, encouraging, respectful and make you feel GOOD. Life is too precious to do otherwise.
I feel the need to touch upon the virtue of responsibility here. Ever notice the people that don’t own their behaviour are often miserable? Think about these people for a moment. Someone who is unable to own their behaviour is someone who is limited in their willingness to grow. Such stagnant people are often angry and critical of others. People who take responsibility for their actions are aligned with their personal power. They are open to growth and as a result are pleasant to interact with. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to have a rational conversation with someone who thinks they are always right. No one is always right….no one!
If you are lactose intolerant, avoid milk.
If you are gluten intolerant, avoid gluten.
If you have become toxic intolerant, avoid negative people!