Taking that first courageous step
Someone told me recently that she typed a paragraph from Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey to send to a friend. It’s on page 250, and I thought I would share it with you again here:
I tell my friends, who feel trapped in bad marriages but terrified of divorce, to fear not. Divorce means a second chance, or maybe even a third or fourth chance, at happiness. Divorce is not the problem but a solution, when all else fails, to irreparable marital unhappiness. Facing a divorce, calling a spade a spade, minimizing one’s losses, cashing in the chips when the alternative is to lose it all – whatever one wants to call it – is one of the most adult, responsible actions a person can take in life. Facing up to divorce means no longer allowing oneself to regret the past or whine about the present. Divorce means taking that first constructive action, no matter how hard, expensive, or demoralizing that can be, toward building a new future. Not just for oneself, but for one’s children as well. Because children deserve to live in a home of peace, loving feelings, and tranquility.
If you are in the neighborhood of Greenwich, Connecticut next Wednesday, January 26, please come to my talk and book signing at the Greenwich Arts Council at 299 Greenwich Avenue at 7:30 pm. A relaxed and casual conversation will follow my talk, and the event is free.