Separation. Hmmm. I suspect the smart money is on the “avoid religion and politics” notion but that is a perfect separation to my way of thinking. Having religion dictate national policy is to me trouble squared, regardless of the religion or country involved. While it is natural to have a culture shaped by its beliefs that is not the same as having rule of law from the pulpit.
Separation is a natural for some things. Think oil and water, a fool and his/her money – I’m sure everyone can add several examples.
There are some handy gadgets that help with separation. I like to cook and those handy gadgets that separate the fat from your sauce are great. I have managed over the years not o separate a digit or 2 while merrily chopping away. Sharp knives are the key to that! Or a whopper chopper - for those old enough to remember that little gadget.
Then there’s personal separation. I’ve just gone through the worst possible version of that. Over the, years there were other separations – my 6 months in Hawaii (made worse because I had more fun than Lynn thought I should have), numerous business trips. Separation is something that simply can’t be avoided but the negative effects can be managed to a degree. Just know that some will be heartbreaking, some will be maddening and some will bring great joy.