The term toxic as applied to a friend, relative or colleague is relatively new to myself. Where have I been you may ask. Have I had a blissfully sheltered life? Definitely not, yet in all honesty I had never heard the term or pondered it’s true meaning until recently.
Being a trusting sort of person, I erroneously assumed others were similar to me. If I liked a person and became friendly with them, it was simply that. I liked them, trusted them and in return assumed it was reciprocal. The idea of fakery or having a hidden agenda never occurred to me. As a straight-talking direct sort of person, I took people on face value. I wouldn’t want to waste my time and energy pretending to like someone, what would be the point?
I would be open, honest and kind to that person as a matter of course, because that is…
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