Bonjour, mon ami!
Toxic people are hurt souls. They are everywhere, especially nowadays. The world has experienced an extreme amount of shared trauma and we poor souls keep taking it out on each other instead of learning the lessons that the higher power wants us to learn.
Have you ever heard that saying, "misery loves company"? Well it's true. Bad moods and good moods are contagious. So pick the mood that you decide to catch. You are not required to absorb anyone's bad, toxic energy. You have a choice to be kind and show them with your kindness shield that you are a warrior of love.
Think: Hello fellow human being, I can see that you are hurt and that it has nothing to do with me. You must really be going through it right now. Bless them and then (#TwirlAway) like your (#GoneWithTheWindFabulous). That's what it takes to be a joy sprite. You see, you recognize, you bless, you're kind, and then flutter away.
Don't stay too long in the toxic person's presence. Even sitting too close for too long can absorb the energy. Sometimes people just need to dispel that energy out of their body. Healthy people dispel it through exercise, talk therapy, or something creative like art (#LikeMe). Toxic people yell, shout, throw things, and basically want to hurt others so that others can feel how they feel. It's almost as if they are trying to prove, look how hurt I am. But everyone is hurt, so we cannot condone toxic behavior because it does too much harm (#NotTodaySatan).
Santa and the higher power don't like it when people do toxic things to other people. That's why I'm here, to remind you to always be kind even when others so obviously are not. If you are kind when someone is heated you have earned (#BuddhaStatus). Congratulations, you have shown great self-control. In other words, when someone comes to you with a pie of shit, you do not have to accept it (#NoThankYou).
If the toxic soul is a close relative or friend, listen to their problem objectively and suggest the aforementioned positive activities. Show them that you care, but do not allow them to change your spirit, my luv. If it becomes too much, simply state your limits. Example: I can only listen to this for about 15 minutes, then I must (#PeaceOut).
Everyone has their limits. It's okay to be both supportive and firm about your personal boundaries, but you must communicate this clearly and without emotion so that the message is received. Remember, no one can read your mind. You must state your limits out loud to the person who must hear it. You are simply protecting your state of mind. Further, don't let the toxic person (#GasLight) you and make you think you are hurting them more by setting boundaries. You are not. You are preserving yourself to continue to be there for them in times of need.
Be spritely today and spread some joy by being kind, even in the face of (#Toxicity).