Frank and I were talking about a friendship that has been unraveling for quite a while now. We’ve tried reconciliation with this person, but things continue at status quo. The thing is, we can’t just leave this person and move on. Because of the circumstances, part of our lives are tied to this relationship.
As we were talking, we realized that, though we can’t physically leave the situation, we can begin to detach mentally and emotionally. How can we keep our family safe and build healthy boundaries around conversations related to this situation? When we stopped to think about it, we realized how much time and energy had been devoted to being angry, hurt, and betrayed. Now, we’re committed to only talking about this person when absolutely necessary. Otherwise, we will try to leave this person, this friendship, this circumstance as contained as possible.
This experience has caused me to reflect on so many uncomfortable and unhealthy situations that I just wanted to leave right away. The reality is that it is rare when I can just pack up and truly leave. Often, I have to work with someone who has a continuing negativity or encounter people I’d rather not. How can I still show love, be light, but leave my emotional investment in check?
Hopefully our goal of leaving this toxic relationship behind will help us love this person better than if we were completely involved.
Please note: I am talking about a toxic friendship. Nothing abusive or mentally damaging. I fully realize some need to leave a relationship quickly and without looking back.
How do you separate negativity in your life? How do you show love to others without draining your own resources?
Linked with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday, a time to write without editing.