Watch Out for the Joy Stealers, Energy Vampires


A few days ago I couldn’t understand why I was feeling down, irritated and exhausted.  After I traced my last few conversations, phone calls, places I went and personal encounters…I figured it out.  I had a conversation with a person who has the personality of what I call a “vacuum cleaner.”  This type “sucks” out all of your joy, energy and oxygen in the room.  This type of person can leave you feeling empty, fearful, or depressed.  I’m learning more and more of the importance to be careful and have boundaries around people who are like “energy vampires”, “vacuum cleaners”, “joy stealers”, and “blessing blockers.”

Have you ever eaten some food and then became violently sick and realized it was food poisoning?  Well I think we should be aware of people in our lives who can give us “mood poisoning.”

Guard your heart, ears, eyes and spirit.  The more you detox your life from people, habits and things that rob you of your peace, the more you will be sensitive to mood poisoning people who are critical, self-absorbed, gossipers, naggers, manipulative, negative, complainers, pessimistic, needy and emotionally messy.

People who lack confidence and full of gloom and doom, distrust, and anxiety are a toxic cocktail mix.  Learn to be smart with your heart, mind and time. You may work with them or they may be in your family, church, campus, neighbor, organization or circle of friends.  Yes, we must learn how to navigate our relationships with love, patience, diplomacy and care.  Learn to assess which relationships are healthy and which you need to limit or distance yourself from.  ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

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