I came across the quote above while reading a commentary. As someone who is loyal to a fault, I have a hard time walking away from people, even when I know they mean me no good. I like to think that everyone is “redeemable” and that I have it in ME, to “fix” them. (That is really arrogant of me, huh?). I have often thought that I had enough love to heal all wounds. One would think that after being hurt time and time again, that I would learn to walk away sooner. I often stay in unhealthy relationships (platonic and romantic) for way too long, and if I am brutally honest, it is usually the other person walking away that causes things to end. I have stayed at jobs that I hated because I didn’t want to upset anyone or leave my co-workers in a bind, despite not being respected or appreciated. I have let “friends” use and abuse me and let men take advantage of my body and my kindness. I have to learn to teach people how to treat me – people will only do what they are allowed to do.
While I do not know that I will ever stop being a kind-hearted person who wants to see everyone succeed, I am going to work on learning to walk away sooner and accept that I no longer serve a purpose in that individual’s life, and that is okay.
I challenge you to also learn to let go of any unhealthy relationships that may be hindering your progress.