Today was an exhausting day.
I spent the entire day putting out forest fires at work.
Forest fires set by other people's inability to do things right.
From the first person who came through the door this morning to the last person who walked out of the office tonight, it was a roller-coaster running on OPE. Other people's emotions!
It's weird how I can begin my day in a great mood and then lose it totally, after dealing with a string of cranky and unhappy people. It feels like each one sucks a quart of energy out of my soul, and by the end of the day, I have nothing left to give to anyone, not even to myself.
All I want at the end of this kind of day is to drive home, park my car, close and lock the door behind me and shut out the entire world. Then, after shedding my work clothes and wrapping myself in the softness of fleece 'n flannel, I want comfort food by the bucket.
So, today, that's just what I did!
After changing into my after-school clothes, I made a delicious and comforting dinner...a huge, steaming-hot bowl of fresh vegetable soup that I made yesterday, topped it with a handful of shredded mozzie cheese and made a tall stack of well-buttered flax bread toast. Lemongrass green tea in my favorite mug and a pot of liquid honey for the leftover toast finished my meal off quite nicely. There's something about soup and toast that wraps me up and hugs me, every single time. No idea where that comes from, but it always works.
A few hours later, now...I am restored, refilled and re-energized.
I've filled my tummy with healthy comfort food and watched my favorite TV show, Keifer Sutherland's 24.
I've talked with a couple of friends and wrapped my daughter's birthday gifts for her special day on Friday.
Now, I feel better.
It's amazing how easily we can be drained by negative and toxic people.
It's equally amazing to me how little it takes to top up the tank, again.
Thanks to my good friends, my loving family, my fridge full of yummy food and my very soft fleece 'jammies, I think I'll survive.
I wish there was a sure-fire way to stop those energy vampires from sucking out every last drop of vitality.
Can't I just pull a Jack Bauer and slam 'em up against a wall somewhere? Really hard, too. That'd fix 'em!
No, I guess not.
That's why he's a TV hero and I'm just a person living my life without the big screen hoopla that surrounds Mr. Bauer. That's why he's a superstar and I'm a regular Joe. He gets to smack them around, and I get to sit here trying to figure out how to stop them from doing this another day.
"Toxic people are those people around you that literally suck the life out of you when you're with them. You leave them feeling utterly drained of any positive energy, and find yourself thinking about all that is wrong with your life instead of what's right. They never have a kind word to say about anyone, and inflate any little issue into a catastrophe that affects only them." - Laurie
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