The Emotional Detox: I Cleanse, Therefore I Am

One particular childhood experience which I don’t intend to relive is deworming.  It was crazy but had to be done.  These days, I have been putting myself through a different kind of purging.  It’s an emotional detox of sorts.  I have made a vow to myself to get rid of the toxic people in my life.

What or rather, who are these toxic people?  They’re the ones who put you down, who use and abuse you, who make you feel like scum of the earth (when in fact THEY’RE scum).   Instead of reveling in your accomplishments, they trivialize it.  They make you drive to far-flung outskirts of the city just to pick up roast pork for a birthday celebration.

Before things take their toll on my overall health, I have decided to let go of these people, to expunge them from my life once and for all.  They’re like the stubbly hairs on my otherwise silky legs which I’d like to get rid of.   They’re the people who stain my rose-colored glasses, blurring my view of the world.

How do I do it, then?  When they try to get in touch with me, I turn a blind eye or a deaf ear.  I numbly run my calloused fingers over our virtual book of memories together.  Those places and events no longer elicit any emotional response from me like they used to.

Negativity is my enemy.  It should be yours too.

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. Oh yes! If only we can abolish all the negative people around us, we’ll have world peace :)

  2. I am all about cutting negative people out of my life. Life is too short to deal with that!

  3. Christina says

    This really such a great article about Emotional Detox. Actually I wasn’t aware about Emotional Detox so many many thanks for this such a great article.

  4. I agree life is too short to spend one second with bad people. Dump away! I’ve done it many times. It feels great!;)

  5. I’ve done it too and looked back years later never regretting it for a bit. People who bring discord and negativity consistently are hard to leave for some reason (sometimes) but once you do you wonder why you stuck around for so long!! Or at least I did. :) Happy Tuesday, Pepper!

  6. Couldn’t agree more with the last statement. ‘Imbibe positivity’ is my mantra. :)

  7. I’ve been so bad at keeping in touch with people that I’ve just realised that all those toxic people have removed themselves from my life automatically. I’ll remember not to reignite those connections once I am feeling more social.

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