By Julie Esta’
As Dolly Parton’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” played in my truck, I heard it in a different way than I ever have.
There are relationships which are dear to us—whether it be a spouse, friend, family member, co-worker, but become more toxic than beneficial. I am not speaking of occasional disagreements and typical problems between individuals. A toxic person is one that offers unapologetic, repetitive, destructive behavior towards you, and typically blames you or others for their dysfunctional patterns.
Toxic people are not healthy for you to have in your inner circle, no matter what the relationship. We often keep them around because of the guilt of walking away. Many times, we even create excuses for them, hoping that it will be different in the future, which leads to disappointment and hurt each time their behaviors rear their ugly faces.
Walking away from these relationships is not saying that you don’t love them. If you didn’t love them, you wouldn’t hurt so deep. However, walking away is saying that you love yourself, and them enough to know that its best to create distance. Walking away may just save your life, as the toxicity is killing your mind and emotions, and bleeding into all areas of your life.
As with all things, make sure that you cover your decisions in prayer and wise, Godly counsel. Always love yourself enough to make the right decisions for you and your family, even when it hurts. It’s okay to walk away in love.
Julie Esta’ is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health.