We often have to mingle with people who share common interests but who may not be the most agreeable to us or to our sensibilities.
However, some people are toxic in nature and those who support them and continue to mingle with them often times become toxic by association.
Toxicity should never be something we feel obliged to ingest.
Many people seem to think that it is being immature to distance one’s self from toxic personalities and toxic behaviors.
The real immaturity is found in those who make excuses for the toxic.
We should remember that it takes very little poison to ruin the well from which we all drink. Therefore, we all need to be conscientious stewards of the well.
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The sun is always present
even if the clouds work to convince us otherwise.
It takes courage and it takes perseverance to make a change – and many more hard-fought battles after the first has ended.
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I do not need you understand my pain.
I need you to understand that I work every day to rise above it and to prevent it from leading me into the depths of despair.
I need you to understand that there are days when I succeed in my efforts – magnificently succeed!
I need you to understand that there are days when I stumble, falter, and succumb; when fear overshadows my focus and clouds my skies.
I need you to understand that on these days, my countenance and my behavior do not reflect on my perseverance, my hope, and my joy.
On these days, I need you to understand, there is simply a cloud or two in my otherwise light filled life.
Levity at the expense of another person’s feelings is still bullying. Especially when that levity depreciates the value of those feelings.
When levity is generated with the full understanding that someone else is hurting, then the levity is grossly inappropriate and unkind. Levity created in a vacuum of unawareness may be less inappropriate and less unkind, but it’s not less hurtful.
We may not always avoid hurting others, but should we not at least try to limit doing harm?
In our imperfect state, we all make mistakes and we all find ourselves guilty of less-than-kind behavior or speech, but we do not need to revel in our imperfection.
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Condescension or levity when addressing someone’s fear or anger makes you the bully in the room.
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In order to learn from the past, we must see it for what it is, not for what we long for it to be.