How can you avoid toxic people and situations?
The ancient Greek philosophers spoke of having a high level of Ethos; Which means virtue or moral excellence.
Every time you make a move or a decision, you need to consider whether you are moving forward with full integrity and ethos. Imagine ethos to be like your ‘inner shield’; It will shield off impurities, deceipt and lies, trouble and toxic people….You will avoid trouble in general; It’s like the poet C.P.Cavafy writes in his poem “Ithaca”.
When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Laestrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.