I've been trying to avoid any emotionally draining situation that I possibly can. I've quit smoking dammitall, so why wouldn't I want to stay away from situations that would make me want to inhale a whole pack even worse than I do already. Right?
So I'm trying to pick and choose the situations that cause emotional stress.
My youngest daughter is attempting to get a divorce and her husband is being a total ass about it. She's my daughter, I love her, otherwise I'd lock the door and not allow her in the house until the divorce mess is all over and settled.
I have friends and family who need to talk and who I worry about and love dearly. I choose to listen, to love, to worry, to pray, with them, and for them.
These things I choose with my heart.
I chose not to attend a get-together with family I have not seen or heard from in years. The emotional wear and tear relief from not seeing them has been so nice. That stress factor is not something that I've missed. I refuse to feel guilt over not attending the event so calling me will not make me change my mind, understand?
I did not exactly choose to attend the get-together that I will be attending tomorrow because I know for certain that the emotionally draining vampires will be out in force at that location. I do however, refuse to allow them to drain me. I'll walk away, ignore, or do whatever else I need to do to disable them.
These things I choose with my mind made up.
Before I forget, Happy Independence Day everyone!