No...not the Britney Spears song! Today, I'm talking about those people in your life that seem to spread poison wherever they go.
As I've entered the empty nest phase of my life, I've realized that I no longer have the time, energy, or patience to have such people in my life. To be honest, I have never understand why some people expend that kind of energy on being miserable and/or hateful. Why? What does it gain for you?
In all honesty, I have, in the past, gone out of my way to try to make such people happy. And I've learned the hard way that they just don't want to be. If they can say a harsh word, they will. If they can spread hate, they do. It's frequently cloaked as "I'm just being honest" or "I just tell it like it is". Guess what, folks? That does not excuse hate and cruelty!!
There's an old saying that anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. For anger, you can also substitute resentment, hostility, hate, cruelty, etc. Why would anyone want to live that life?
So if any of the above are what you're selling...keep moving. I'm not buying.