As a healer I know I've gotten this a lot, even lately as an artist I've had my share of it. As a generally helpful person it's hard to draw the line in the sand when it comes to helping people. While some lines are obvious, you wouldn't sacrifice the life of one person you care about for another (yea I know a wee bit of an extreme example) others are more subtle and harder to gauge.
I think a big warning flag when you are in a draining relationship with a person or thing is when the very thought of them/it brings dread. That's pretty obvious, isn't it...or is it? Sometimes the feeling masks itself as concern, pity, sympathy, and even empathy. If you're a caring person like me, you genuinely don't want to see someone suffer. But when they are choosing their own suffering, contributing to the cycle moment after moment. Flailing in the water, and they start dragging you down, you have a problem. It's time to breathe & step back. As visionary Megan Monique Harner says, "'say yes to helping others when it brings you joy." It's okay to say no, or only say yes sometimes. It's empowering even.
When the things, relationships, and other energies in your life aren't filling you up it's time to take stock of the situation. If something isn't bringing you joy or fulfillment in a positive way it may be time to release it.
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