It’s not necessary to R E A C T to everything!! It’s really not. Now, that’s much easier said than done but over the past few weeks.. I’ve gotten to see how powerful “silence” can be. I’m just going to be honest with you, I’ve been in the process of distancing myself from a few people here lately. It’s not that they’re bad people, they’re just toxic and I don’t need that type of negativity in my life right now. I got places I’m trying to go, things I’m trying to do, goals I’m determined to reach and I’m just out here making real boss moves! I don’t know about you but I don’t function properly when I’m under a lot of emotional stress. These few toxic individuals stress me out emotionally, okay? I’m not just talking about the emotion of sadness; I’m talking about anger too! They get on my nerves. They get on my nerves more than anybody else because they know exactly what buttons to push to get directly under my skin.
I’ve felt more peace in the past few weeks than I have in the past few months. I’ve finally realized that some things are just too small for me to be give my attention to and pour any type of energy in. I’m learning that it’s better to just send good vibes, prayer, love from a distance and move on! Today, I feel GOOD because I haven’t been responding to what usually triggers me. It has no power because I don’t give it any attention. I’m telling you, silence is a powerful thing and sometimes.. silence is just the best response. I’m learning to stop giving people so much power over me and my emotions. So if you’re like me, still learning this kind of life lesson.. just remember, the problem is irrelevant. It’s your response that matters 🙂
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In this season of my life, I’m learning the power of loving from a distance. It is not necessary to rebuild a relationship with everyone you’ve forgiven. It’s really not. Just because you’re at peace doesn’t mean they’re still not toxic. When you get tired of being of stressed out, depressed, angry and unhappy all the time eventually you begin craving peace and once you get a taste of that… you’ll see that there’s nothing like it. Peace of Mind… I know once I get mine, I’ll do almost anything to keep it! Sometimes, it’s a hard thing to obtain and even harder to keep if you’re not careful about who and what you spend your time around. I have found it to be hard putting distance between myself and certain people; especially those you’re supposed to be close to… like family members for example. Family or not though, it doesn’t matter who they are, if they’re bringing you down or causing you stress then it becomes necessary to create some distance. When you’re really on a mission to be successful in life, even if the goal is something as simple as obtaining that “peace of mind” you’ll begin to see how important it is to eliminate any negativity. And let me explain something, just because you love from a distance doesn’t mean you don’t care, don’t support, and just completely shut people out of your life. It just means you finally love yourself enough to walk away from things and people that no longer serve you growth. You love and respect yourself enough to start surrounding yourself with people who support you & genuinely love/care about you instead of being around those who find pleasure in pushing your buttons. When you respect yourself enough to say, “I DESERVE PEACE” and walk away from situations or people that prevent you from attaining it, you’ll see your life begin to change drastically… for the better! You’ll be much happier, less stressed and healthier !! 🙂
Let me just start off by saying that toxic relationships are dangerous to your health; they will literally kill you. Stress shortens your lifespan. Even a broken heart can kill you. People will drive you crazy if you let them. When you notice someone does something toxic for the first time, don’t wait for the second time before you address it or cut them off. Last year, I learned a few life lessons that taught me the importance of being selective about where & who I invest my energy in. I had certain goals that I was trying to reach, certain things that I was trying to achieve, big dreams that I was working towards & just trying to better myself as a person period and there were certain people that I hung around or allowed to be in my space that weren’t very supportive of any of those things. They weren’t bad people! Yeah, sure it was fun to hang out with them every now & then, laugh, joke, cut up & have a few drinks with but eventually I realized that they just weren’t the type of people that needed to be in my inner circle. This is cliché but it is sooooo important to make friendships that are deeper than gossiping, drinking and going out. Make friends with people who love you, genuinely care about you and want to see you make it. Build friendships and relationships with people who are supportive of your dreams, who constantly encourage you to do better and most importantly pray for you. Don’t get in the habit of hanging around people who show fake love, fake support, spread negativity, criticize you all the time, those who are jealous, don’t have any real life goals, constantly play the victim, who don’t care, are self-centered, always involved in drama & keep disappointing you. Those are toxic people you should just completely get rid of altogether. Never feel guilty about removing people like that from your life. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, new acquaintance, employer, romantic interest or family member!! You are allowed to terminate your relationship with toxic people! You are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you. Learn how to forgive and love people from a distance when it becomes necessary. Understand me when I say, “YOU DON’T OWE ANYONE AN EXPLANATION FOR TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF”. Love yourself enough to walk away from anything and anybody that no longer serves you growth and I’m serious! Last year, I finally learned how to start walking away from situations or people who threatened my peace of mind, self-respect or self-worth. I put a lot of distance between myself & those that I felt were becoming detrimental to my life and where I was trying to go. I didn’t care if it meant me spending more time at home & less time on the phone. I knew that if I was going to have any chance at reaching any of my goals, being successful or get anywhere else in life besides where I was… I was going to have to make some changes concerning the people I chose to socialize with and invest my energy in period. As a result, my life has been more peaceful, a little less stressful and not only have I achieved SOME of the goals I set for myself but I also went way beyond them and I’m proud of that! I truly believe that your your inner circle can have an impact on your success. I’ll tell you right now, you are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with. So be brave enough to let go of those who keep weighing you down. The more you become aware of what’s really worth your energy, the better off you’ll be. Letting go of toxic people is not cruelty. It’s an act of self-care. Always Remember That !! ❤️