Do you have toxic people in your life? I hope not. I hope your life is free of the people who bring you down, who spew poison with every word.
Most of us aren't that fortunate, though. We have family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others, who make us want to run and hide.
In listening to a psychiatrist on a TV talk show, I learned a good definition of toxic people: they are the people who when they show up on your caller ID, you cringe to answer. In fact, you may not answer the call at all. You let it go to voice mail. You make excuses not to return the call. You schedule an appointment for a root canal rather than having to talk with that person, for you know, with absolute certainty, that you will come away depressed and discouraged. Like the flu bug, toxicity can be catching.
If you are made of sterner stuff than me, you grit your teeth, answer the call, and endure. If this is you, congratulations. If it isn't, rest assured that you aren't alone.
This I know for sure: if I don't want to catch toxicity, I need to immunize myself with the Savior's love.