As we wrap up the third week of May, and our second week of talking about balance, I feel like it is finally time to talk about the reality of toxic ties. In the work that you do as an individual craving balance and normalcy in your life, you have to be consistent about who you allow into your inner circle, and persistent about keeping people who bring you down out.
This is easier said than done; at least it is for me. For so long I have sectioned off my friendships as: People Who Need Me More Than I Need Them, People Who Use Me, People Who Drain Me, and, People Who Love Me for Me. I think you and I both can see how toxic and harmful all but one of these sections were. Now, I have done a complete and total rerouting, so to speak, of the path I am on concerning friends. I want quality over quantity. I want people who are concerned about my life outside of the casual, “How are things?” before they break into talking about themselves. I want people who check up on me, who can feel when I am down, who are concerned about me spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically. I want friends who make sure I am eating well and getting enough sleep. I deserveand needthese things, because this is the kind of friend I am.
I am no longer willing to settle for less. You shouldn’t, either. If I am going to get on here and give you advice on how to make your life better and ensure balance, I have a responsibility to practice what I preach. So, I will. Happily, passionately, and with the intention of seeing it through to the end.
No matter what.
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