Toxic Waste Management
This is a piece that I wrote for Jack Move Magazine at the beginning of 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
People, love ‘em or hate ‘em, are everywhere these days. It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere without bumping into them. They hang out at the mall, at work, the farmer’s market—hell, they’re in your living room! People seem to be out in droves, taking up space, physical and emotional, wherever they happen to be. They try our patience, they place unrealistic demands on us, and they can be unkind. Some treat us in ways we’d never treat mere strangers, these people in our lives do.
People, simply put, can be detrimental to your health and well-being. So what to do about the people in your life, whether on the periphery or in your close inner circle, who cause you distress? You know, those humans who make you feel inadequate and suck the life out of your, well, life?
As you may have guessed, I am pro trimming down, in order to embrace the big, bold, beautiful life that we were all meant to live. Big, bold, and beautiful is our birthright, no? To be fully human, to be our best selves, to be fed, not diminished, through the choices we make, and by those we love (or at least sorta like). So here’s my take on this people thing:
People are fragile and complex creatures, and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them (or some other type of literate sentient being [Ed. note: Please email us if that's the case; we'd love to talk with you.]). In addition to fragile and complex, the human heart and attendant emotions dwell in the gray areas of life. Few things are truly black and white. We see things from our point of view—that which we believe is true. And often, one person’s truth is another person’s malarkey. Except for gravity, pretty much everyone is in agreement about gravity.