Constance, in this ego-centric, ego-driven culture of ours we are constantly exhorted and affirmed for avoiding any people who are costly to us, disturbing to our comfort, or in any way disrupt our “perfect life” which will be immediately great as soon as we get rid of anyone who does not contribute value to us.
And who would befriend you, should this be applied rigorously?
So…the truth is that yes, we do need to be shrewd who we allow full heart access, and yet somehow we must remain accessible! So there is a greater danger than merely having a toxic person in proximity to you…
…and that is the danger of NOT being the broken bread and poured wine into the hearts and souls of those suffering and for whom you were appointed as meat and drink.
Queen Ester of Old was told: For such a time as this were you born.
Be mindful of others, and your responsibility to them, even as you practice the saying below. After all, it is because your space is sacred that you must
Be careful whom you exclude