Life is a team sport. We need individual connections and community affiliations. Research shows that strong social ties can be life extending.
The right relationships fuel us when we need a boost, lift us up when we feel down, challenge us to grow and maximize our potential. The best relationships are regenerative; nurturing both people and creating a force bigger than the sum of its parts.
Seek out these relationships, feed them and honor them.
On the other hand, there are people who suck the life force out of us, who bring us down when we’re in a good mood, who keep taking but don’t give. They just want what they want for themselves without considering what the other person wants. When they do give, it is often for themselves rather than for us.
You are under no obligation to keep these people in your life.
If that sounds harsh, consider this an act of love and service.
You can’t give to the people you want to give to when others are sucking everything out of you.
Setting boundaries is an important act we do not only for ourselves, but in service to our healthy relationships.