From Ruthless Compassion Ins.
"One of the best parts of being an adult is the ability we have to walk away from a hurtful person or situation.
When we’re little, we can’t leave home if our parents are abusive; we can’t leave school if our teacher is cruel or other students are bullying us; we can’t walk out of a family gathering if our relatives are being nasty.
Today, however, as empowered adults, we can choose to leave a situation if it’s not good for us: we can leave a job where we’re being exploited or disrespected; we can leave an apartment if the landlord is unreasonable; we can walk away from a relationship that’s hurtful or not fulfilling.
Too often, we choose not to exercise this choice. We minimize the problem, rationalize the situation, tell ourselves that it’s too much trouble to leave.
That’s so sad, b/c we’re squandering the opportunity we have to make things better for ourselves.
Children often find themselves stuck in situations that they’d very much like to leave. Why, when we’re adults, do we stay in bad situations or with hurtful people, when we have the power to go?”
Maybe people are hesitant to leave some people behind because they’ve been programmed to believe that keeping unhealthy people in their lives is necessary. They don’t realize that when one opts to keep people who aren’t good for the soul around, it can slowly poison the things and people who are truly good for the soul. I make it a point to walk away from anyone who gives me really bad vibes. My gut says run and I listen.