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Darkness Falls posted 4/13/2013 14:18 PM

While I was in the affair and after I was caught, I was very much in a "victim of circumstance" mindset. If only we hadn't gone to {XYZ place} that day. If only the {something we saw} hadn't been named {OM's name}. If only I'd deleted his number from my phone years ago. If only XH and I had already had kids (or were trying). If only I had never met him. If only I had never been born. And so forth and so on.

I never blamed my XH or our marriage for my choice to cheat. But I did have myself very firmly convinced that I wouldn't have done it had the fates not aligned in the very specific way that they did that weekend.

I even, I'm ashamed to say, played the comparison card---I'd read other people's stories and say, "Well, at least I didn't do that."

As I took the time to dig into my shit, I realized that the circumstances being what they were didn't matter in the slightest as far as my choices go. Duh, you might say...this is something most people figure out as children. Well, not me. One of my patterns had always been to shift the blame onto any available target. With my A, I 'thought' I had been doing so well to take responsibility, not blame my XH, or the M, or my parents, or whoever. But instead I was blaming the universe for setting me up to fail. No better, in retrospect.

As I've grown and changed and figured stuff out over the past three years, one of the most profound things I've come to realize (and something that has helped me improve myself more than most anything else) is the notion that I am in complete control over how I react to circumstance in my life. It shouldn't have mattered what wheels were turning on that day I decided to send that text. I should have been in control of my own self and my own behavior no matter what. If I had been, it wouldn't have mattered if Harrison Ford circa 1980 was naked turning cartwheels in front of me; I would have made the right choice and behaved with integrity.

Just another stop on the learning curve.

authenticnow posted 4/13/2013 14:33 PM

Yes, to all of it!!!

Thanks for sharing!

isadora posted 4/13/2013 14:44 PM

excellent post!

Aubrie posted 4/13/2013 15:56 PM

Great post!

EmotionalFool posted 4/13/2013 16:27 PM

I 'thought' I had been doing so well to take responsibility, not blame my XH, or the M, or my parents, or whoever.

Yup..

But instead I was blaming the universe for setting me up to fail.

I am currently doing this
Having all sort of thoughts like why those POSs cross my path of life? They shouldnt have.. if only there were not there..

If I had been, it wouldn't have mattered if Harrison Ford circa 1980 was naked turning cartwheels in front of me; I would have made the right choice and behaved with integrity.

I had a similar discussion with CL few hrs ago. If I work on myself, universe should not set me up if any more tests.. if all this work does not guarantee that I wont ever fail again then what exactly I am working towards?

Your post kind of answer that question. thanks

rachelc posted 4/15/2013 08:27 AM

My BS asked me something like this yesterday. He wondered if the fact that our son was in Afghanistan led to my feelings of anxiety and that led to my affair.
I explained that if I was anxious, it was my poor coping mechanisms that led me down that path, not the fact that my son was at war.
It cements in my head that anything can happen to us, it's how we handle it that we're 100% responsible for.

WishingForLethe posted 4/16/2013 23:29 PM

Wonderful post!

MyBiggestFailure posted 4/17/2013 15:29 PM

I can only agree.

After my affairs were discovered, I had therapy, and one of the problems that I had to deal with was that I didn't really own my decisions, I let myself think that others were deciding for me, and that I was just a victim of what had happened to me.

Life doesn't just happen to you, you're constantly making choices about how to act, whether you realise it or not, and although circumstances have a bearing on your decisions, ultimately those decisions are still yours, for better or worse.

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