We are living in turbulent days, and our culture is clouded with a mass of toxicity. During our lifetimes, every one of us experiences some form of toxic relationship. These relationships aren’t necessarily with people. We can have toxic relationships with alcohol, animals, battlefields, diseases, drugs, environments, religions, and even our own emotions. A toxic relationship, in any form, can destroy us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. But it can also offer us the opportunity to learn and grow. This is my story of those lessons learned and the shoe prints they have left on me.
I’ve been a daughter, sister, mother, friend, worker, wife, and . . . mistress.
My relationships with toxic people, diseases, emotions, religions, and work environments internally destroyed me. There is no doubt toxicity trails us no matter what paths we take. Regardless of toxic relationships, my belief is that God gives us strong shoes to walk those paths.
If we are willing, we can readily learn to distinguish
whether relationships are toxic or non-toxic. My ultimate lesson in my journey has been that healthy relationships require honesty, compassion, strength, and courage.
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