When to walk away

“Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able is courage. Walking away, with your head held high is dignity. Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight may sound like synonyms, but they are not.” – anonymous

A number of my friends in a relationship are struggling with the question, “How do I know if and when I should walk away?”

This is something I’ve wrestled with for many years. On one end of a seesaw, there’s honouring your self worth, and on the other end, there’s recognizing an act of self sabotage.

When there’s balance in your life, you’re not questioning whether you’re good enough for a person or job. On the flip side, you’re not pushing away a meaningful relationship or opportunity by planting negative thoughts in your mind. (e.g. unwarranted jealousy or unprovoked fear) Another way to gauge whether you should walk away is to ask yourself: Have I learned everything I need to learn in this relationship? Can I fully be myself around him/her?

Red flag: If you live in fear, stop walking on egg shells and determine what you value in a relationship (and in yourself) to understand your deal breakers.

I took this photo the day I happened to hand back the last of an ex’s things so I could give my current relationship (and heart), the space it deserves. Yes, those are said ex bf’s shoes. He was supportive of modelling for this photo, but had no idea what the context would be, but neither did I at the time. Do you have some spring cleaning to do?


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