Trust . . . it’s a big one. It’s HUGE.
You cannot have a successfully healthy relationship without trust.
Without trust, doubt runs rampant.
Without trust, your mind can play games.
Without trust, you will not be able to respect the other person.
I married at the age of 19. I was young, naïve, and didn’t know the meaning of doubt. I didn’t know it was possible for someone who loved me, to lie and disrespect me.
“You need to tell your husband to stop emailing my fiancé,” came the demand from a man I had never met, nor spoken to.
“What? What are you talking about?” was my surprised response.
He then proceeded to read emails that he found in his fiancé’s archived messages, from my husband, in which he claimed I was a terrible wife, a lazy mother, and I never took care of anything.
I was flabbergasted. I was the exact opposite of all of the accusations he brought against me. And while there was no romantic evidence in those emails, there was only one intent behind him gaining her pity.
Even while writing about it, the memory of the adrenaline rush and utter disbelief came rushing back to me.
Covered in a cold sweat and fighting off nausea, I hid in the bathroom, curled up on the floor, and tried to keep myself from shaking to death.
He stood outside the door and begged for forgiveness, claiming he only said those things because he knew that he was guilty of them himself and it made him feel like a loser.
And so, I felt sorry for him, and that began a long line of excuses, tall tales, and undeserved forgiveness.
This was the first panic attack of many to come in later years. We had been married for 3 years, he had just returned from Iraq, and it was the beginning to a long, drawn out history of lies, cheating, manipulation, and verbal abuse.
This was the beginning of many years of misery, degradation, pain, tears, and depression.
This was the beginning of a million empty apologies and pleas for my forgiveness.
This was the beginning of me giving him the benefit of the doubt and allowing “one more” chance to make things right.
NO MORE . . . After 12 long years, I was finally able to put an end to the madness and left.
You can only offer your forgiveness so many times, before the emotional roller coaster of being let down over and over eventually takes its toll on your mental health.
Yes, most often, you have to take a leap of faith and allow yourself to trust. Just don’t allow your trust to be stomped on time and time again.
There is a time to heal and work on your relationship, and there is a time to put your foot down.
If you find yourself being asked for forgiveness for the same mistakes every time, then you must realize . . . they are no longer mistakes, but choices being made consciously. Knowing they will hurt you and knowing that you will forgive them.
Stand up. Stand Out. Stand Tall. Take back your life, find what makes YOU happy and do it!