I ran across this sign today when I was perusing Facebook. It really struck a chord with me. It is a very honest statement. However, even though it is one of the most OBVIOUS statements out there, for some reason it is the hardest one with which to follow through.
From spouses, significant others, family members, and friends, saying good bye and letting go of what is currently a toxic relationship is absolutely terrifying, difficult, and exhausting. Most of us were raised to forgive and to love in a great big, huge way. Many of us were raised on the false ideals that are presented in fairy tales, romance stories, and classical literature...to love is to suffer; to suffer is to love. The more you suffer, the more you are capable of loving and the more lovable you become. We tell ourselves that these are teenagers or twenty something year olds' problems. Or, only those involved in abusive relationships go through this type of sadistic journey. We become addicted to the drama that the toxicity creates. We justify ourselves and our actions into imaginary reason, and for what? It is easier to create the justification than to eliminate what is holding us back in our lives, and facing the real problems at hand.
To throw in the towel on someone that you love, but is making you miserable, feels like giving up, but in reality it is creating space for someone else worthwhile to fill. And sometimes, actually most of the time, the only person that you need to fill that space is yourself. If only we ALL loved ourselves as much as we try to love others. Oh what a difference that might make.