I know people who pride themselves on always winning.
Winning is very important to them, even if in winning they hurt others.
It is possible to win every “battle” and still lose the
“war.” Do you know people who have won
every battle in that they have everything they thought they wanted but have
lost the war because they still are not happy? Do you know people that on the
surface have won every battle but at the end of their life they don’t have
anything of real importance to show for it?
Ultimately, what is important is our relationships.
Sometimes we can help ourselves win the war if we let others win some battles.
Sometimes we need to determine what battles are worth fighting. It’s important
to stay focused on what is of long-term importance rather than the day-to-day
Although rabies is rare in the United States now, we have
all heard of rabid dogs and the threat they pose. In the past, dogs thought to
have rabies were immediately killed to prevent them from harming and passing
the disease on to humans or other animals.
I think toxic people are much like rabid dogs. They pose a
serious threat to the health of other people. They can affect the physical,
mental, and emotional health of those around them.
We can’t, obviously, kill people because they are toxic. We
can, however, limit our time with them and limit their influence on us. If you
must deal with a toxic person, I suggest you gain information from a
professional source on what you can do.