Friday, June 27, 2008

FAITH FORWARD FRIDAY:GETTING BEYOND BETRAYAL

My ex-husband used to say to me all the time, "You can't use yourself as a measuring tool for other people---you always want to see the good--people will hurt you and keep walking" As I think about this and all the shit he has pulled I guess he is proven right. I just did not expect the person closest to me to plunge the knife the deepest.

Things are what they are. I do not have to do anything except be me as I operate from a place of love. I do not have to fight malice with malice. I do not have to walk the earth as a wounded ex-wife. He left. I do not need to hold onto that. I am no one's victim. I am not even hating him. Being angry with him does nothing for my spirit. I am not being anything other than a woman on her path to joy, peace and love.

It is tricky separating out feelings from victimization. It is easy to wallow in he did this to me, when really my focus is what I do with my life is my call. Getting to that mindset is quite liberating. Freeing me in ways that I never thought I could be. I am so far from him that it is almost like being on Mount Kilimanjaro looking back and seeing him still putting on his climbing shoes as I reach the summit.

I was wounded by him the other day. It hurt a lot. I allowed his knife to nip at my heart because I was seeing him still with the eyes of old and not the eyes of now. Oh I am so focused now. I see him. But most importantly I see me. I realized that I do not have to dance with him anymore. He can play off his script from now until the cows come home. It has no bearing on me. I was trying to be the bridge between him and our children. But I come to realize that is not my role. I do not have to remind him of being a parent. I do not have to remind him or shame him into seeing them regularly. I am done. He will have the kind of relationship he creates with them. I will not impede or sugar coat, facilitate or make excuses for whatever he creates with them. All I can do is what I do.

I am getting beyond betrayal. I have. I look forward to the divorce. I look forward to all the possibilities the world has to offer. Yesterday was painful, today is joyous.

8 comments:

Trish said...
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Trish said...

Sorry about that deleted comment. Just wanted to get the website address right, below...

Hey Lovebabz!

So good to hear of your travels, both to New York and within yourself and back. You are one strong woman, and I delight in hearing your strength come through each time. There will be those swats back into who we were, but we have the power to pop right back up and stand strong again!

I know the bit about wanting to advocate for the children and their relationship with their father. But he is the father he chooses to be. We are the fortunate ones for having this opportunity for that genuine connection with our kids.

On another note, I've been meaning to share this video with you. Like blogging, it's about bringing people together:

http://www.vimeo.com/1211060

Enjoy,
Trish

Lovebabz said...

Hey Sister Trish,
You have been on my mind!

I am making my peace with my ex's relationship with his children...trying to be better ain't shit!

Yes Girl, I am having agood time. NYC was just what the dr. ordered. I needed that bit of a pick-me-up!

THnaks of rthe videao I am going to showcase it. I LOVED IT!

I do hope you are well and in good spirits!

Monica said...

It is a trip when you loose yourself in a relationship.
Thank God you understand that it is not about him (the ex), and it is all about you. Taking care of you is most important. Loving you is most important.

I really like reading your blog!

Take care!

Lovebabz said...

Hey Monica,
Thanks for the compliment!

Yes, I ahve to focus on me and moving myself beyond being divorced.

sista gp said...

You go girl, SistaCuz. Don't agonize over the past, it can never be changed. The present is only a fleeting second.
The future is what we make it.

Lovebabz said...

Sista GP,
Very true words indeed!

Kay C, The Quiet Storm said...

Hey lovebabz,

I as wounded recently as well (we are still living parallel, huh?) but I had to make the same realization.

A friend gave me this advice and I am passing it on to you... "You have more options than you can shake a stick at."

So simple but so true, don't you agree? We just have to realize that we have options.