Someone said it's all about boundaries and I agree. I had my feelings hurt by several people locally this month. I will survive, but it was so unnecessary. It is so much easier to communicate with kindness than be a total ass. I most definitely can forgive, but as the sign says, I don't have to hang with them.
One of my favorite quotes is:
Just because someone puts CRAP in your coffee, doesn't mean you have to drink it :0)
I'm by no means perfect, but my profession is all about compassion and empathy. That, I most certainly have learned and practice daily. No one sees stranger family and significant other dynamics than a bedside nurse! And, we usually see them at their worst under a great deal of stress.
At 8 AM I have two chimes that go off on my iPhone. Both are meditational apps. They remind me to center myself and fill my heart with joy that I got out of bed today; I am alive. My job is to care for my patients the best I can and do it in a way that makes them happy to be alive.
I am lucky that I grabbed the opportunity to talk with Life Coach, Donna Brinkworth, from Canada. She was needing hours for her certification. When one partner is sick and you are undergoing a lifetime change and move, a listening ear with sage advise couldn't have come at a better time. Thank-you Donna. She put everything in perspective and her suggestions were pivotal.