On one side of the line is me, with all my imperfections and gifts.
On the other side of the line are all the people who have taken advantage of me over the years.
I can finally see that in my desperation to be liked and accepted I have put up with some really bad behaviour. I have so many wonderful people in my life; people who I have often neglected in order to look after ‘squeaky wheels’.
It’s natural to want to care for friends and family who are in trouble. It’s a whole different matter when those people refuse to look after themselves.
And then there’s the people who just take and take and take. They’re easily spotted, drinking your wine and eating your food and showing up to parties empty-handed. I’ve had enough of them too.
Instead, I am redirecting my resources towards the people who are kind, generous, thoughtful and loyal; the people who give and give and give. An easy test to distinguish who they are is simply that I feel great when I’m around them. I feel loved and appreciated and abundant.
As for the others? I am letting them go.
Do you have people in your life who drag you down? What’s stopping you from walking away?