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Spring is finally here, according to the calendar not Northeast temperatures. Soon we’ll be in the midst of spring cleaning, out with the old and in with the new. While we’re getting rid of things that clutter our lives, it’s important to assess those whose toxicity are cluttering our lives with strife, drama and stress. Often this is difficult because there are things and people we feel we can’t live without. That’s the stress of spring cleaning: trying to decide what to hold on to and what to let go.

If there are people in your life that breed strife, repeatedly betraying your trust, you gotta let them go. You have the right to choose who you want in your life and who you don’t want in your life. When you exit a relationship, friendship or family-ship, make sure it’s out of necessity not animosity. Yes, I said family. Too many of us are dying because we allow family ties to choke the life out of our peace and happiness.

All relationships and friendships have their good days and bad days, but when they turn toxic, destroying your quality of life, it’s time to do some emotional cleansing. Sometimes you have to cut ties with individuals you love. Make the decision after careful thought, prayer and health assessment. Drama, strife and toxicity negatively impact your health and wealth. When the choice is them or your peace, chose your peace. There’s nothing wrong with choosing you.

As you embark on spring cleaning, don’t neglect to take a hard look at the state of your life and emotional health. Decide who belongs and who needs to go. As you let go, wish them well. Make sure there’s no residual unforgiveness. Remember, peace is your most precious asset. Protect it. Keep it polished.