When I burned my thumb all I could think about was heat phrases such as, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” The phrase “you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned” is something that I am all too familiar with. I wasn’t playing with fire when I got burned. I was cooking & a wave of hot oil splashed onto my hand (mostly my thumb as seen in this photo). It felt like lava was being poured onto my soul 😷. It was excruciating. Although I will most likely be left with a permanent scar, my thumb is healing 🙏🏼(Thank you, Lord). Getting burned is not fun at all. I ask myself all the time, why is it that we deal with people who we know will burn us? Why do we torture ourselves by keeping these questionable relationships open? Is it that we anticipate that they will change? Do we believe that we can change them? We get so many red flags early on & yet we still associate ourselves with people who are shady. THEN when everything falls apart, we have the audacity to say, “Well, I knew they were shady from the get-go but…”. Man, if you don’t be quiet 😑. We need to do better. We are not the jackass whisperers. One thing that is of utmost importance to me lately is my peace. I absolutely do not have the patience, time, or energy for ANYTHING that is going to disturb my peace. When we get burned, we’re left with an “emotional” scar. Yet, sometimes we go back & do it again; we trust the wrong people. Is it human nature to do that? I can’t really answer that. I think it goes deeper than that. Heat is not something to play with. Just ask anyone who has heat damage on their hair. It’s difficult to recover from & it takes time. Give yourself time to heal from past hurts so that you don’t go making the same mistakes in the future. You play with fire, you’re gonna get burned. Remember that 👩🏫. Protect your space because no one else is going to do it for you. It’s a dog eat dog world out there 👀.