My wife recently forwarded me this link:
She often googles the blog to see where it is popping up on the web. It has been an interesting journey so far and I am sometimes caught off guard on how what I have written is taken by other people. This blog was never intended for others.
I have come to respect all the opinions from anyone who has sent them. I could never have fully understood what anyone in this situation goes through until I went through it myself so I don’t get defensive when I am hit with criticism. I deserve everything I get as I am guilty. I know that the pain from this stays raw in the hearts, minds and souls of those who are betrayed and in some cases in those who betray. I believe I am one of those who are forever changed from my experience.
THE PERSON WROTE:
I wish he’d describe the personal recovery work he’s doing, rather than focus in how intent he is on waiting for his wife to come back” (which I read as “get over it”). His recent posts are about a year in, and superficial. He will start to describe, for example, a meditation seminar. How they sat down on mats. And then, it’s, “and after we were done…” Or an SA meeting–he describes the meeting, and concludes that SA is part of his personal equation. But he does not describe the process of recovery, the Steps, the work HE is doing, but rather turns the microscope (no, not microscope–it’s far too superficial; he’s not looking closely) on Erin.
It’s not just all “faith, love, hope, patience.”
He’s made it about his BS (and outcome), not his own journey. He’s made it about how he will wait for her.
It’s nice that he recognizes her work to R (though describing her angry emotional responses as “psychotic episodes” seems to exhibit a disconnect of some sort), but I’d like to see more of the deep personal work he’s doing. He’s not putting that out there. Instead, he’s displaying his BS. He’s making a mild gesture, creating a very public love letter (which would make me livid, given my own stbx’s tendency to gather ego kibbles and ignore the real work that needs to be done). It’s superficial and strikes me as cowardly. It makes me wonder whether he’s doing the work, or just waiting for Erin to “get over it,” putting in as little effort as he can.
Of course, this is JMO, based on my own experiences and projections. I wish he’d give more of the sense that he GETS it and is really doing the hard work to R. He says he’s working to help his wife heal. That won’t do her a bit of good if he doesn’t do the work he needs to heal. And if he’s attending his first SA meeting a year out and still describing her anger as “falling” and “psychotic episodes,” it does not seem he’s done the work.
I would like to help clarify what I believe is a misunderstanding about my blog and what I chose to write about in the hopes they see it for what it is. I started this not as a blog as all but a journal to myself. The initial drafts of this was written in the 3rd person as if I was talking to myself. My wife later converted this to the blog simply to make sure I never lost what I written in the event my computer crashed. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I have never published this blog, linked it in any forum or tried to gain exposure. This was for me….to be able to look back and remember the thoughts, feelings and actions I took and more importantly how it affected my wife and the struggles we both had with this. I can tell you now, that my mind was not always there in the earliest of times. I really needed this to help me remember.
I continue writing for the same reason. I’m not looking to educate people or use this blog for anything more than a record. I would encourage the same from any spouse who has betrayed their loved ones. Sometimes when Erin won’t talk to me she reads the blog and it helps. You may have noticed I do not put specifics on here. I do so for a simple reason. I plan to keep this for ever to remind me. Erin and I will revisit this and while she knows the painful truths of my betrayal, I do not want to inflict her with having to read them over and over.
These specific lines were among the most critical so I felt I wanted to address them:
It’s superficial and strikes me as cowardly. It makes me wonder whether he’s doing the work, or just waiting for Erin to “get over it,” putting in as little effort as he can.
I don’t understand how my blog can be interpreted as cowardly. My life before, my lying, cheating and addiction was cowardly. Equally, giving up, leaving and forgetting the damage I have caused, that would be cowardly. Staying here, watching her break apart and come together and break apart, that has taken all the strength in my mind and body. Letting go of my former identity and searching for any shred of a moral backbone, accepting faith in a high power as guidance and truly repenting for my past. That has taken willpower, determination and love. Struggling with the thoughts which race inside my head of all the wrong things I’ve done. Struggling with the thoughts they’d all be better off if I was dead. Realizing that even when it feels like you cannot go on, you must for the ones you love and then keeping that in your heart. This experience, for those offending souses who are truly sorry and truly remorseful, is also very tramatic however I will not attempt to compare it to what the betrayed spouse goes through. We do have it much easier then them and even so it is life altering.
I am not waiting for Erin to “get over it”. I do not intend the comments I make about doing the laundry, making lunches, cleaning or other things as trivial efforts to help her with her chores. I spent years, even before I began my offending behaviour not truly understanding all the things my wife did. I took everything for granted. Now, she needs time to heal, to rest and to regain herself so I pour myself into the dozens of daily chores for several reasons. They give her time to heal, they show her I support her in needing that time and they allow me perspective on what I felt was trivial work. I can say after a year of making beds, doing laundry, making lunches, cleaning the house, vacuuming and more that those are rewarding tasks I’ve come to enjoy. I do them out of love in that she appreciates the extra time for her job and to relax when she can. I am not waiting for her, I am helping her in an indirect way.
As for the work I am doing, I likely could be more forthcoming but again I write this for me and as I do the work and discuss with Erin, I don’t often blog it. With that said, I have done a great deal of self evaluation, criticism, analysis and reflection. Not a day goes by that I don’t reflect on how wrong I have been and how much of everything I have wasted. Once you truly realize that you have been so completely wrong for so long it is pretty straight forward. I was “insert negative adjective” but am changing. I say I am changed but behaviour takes time to change and I will continue to be consistent on those changes.
I have accepted i am an addict in recovery. I read the books, I have worked some of the steps between my job and responsibilities. I am appreciating the little things and trying very hard to stay positive even when my wife overtly hates my guts.
I am not waiting….I am doing, hoping and praying.
I am also not defending myself. I do not wish to argue but inform so I hope this is taken with the humility, humble and genuine nature that it is intended. I truly can understand how all betrayed spouses can see the most well intentioned comments from someone like me as defending or belittling a betrayed spouses’ efforts but that is not me.
I read several blogs from betrayed spouses and i feel for them as i can understand through what i have seen in my wife. I find it nothing short of a miracle the strength, character, love, spirit, compassion, kindness, caring and patience my wife has shown while experiencing all this pain. I can assure you all she has endured far more than I have even begun to describe.
Lastly and I will leave you with this, as I reread the post which prompted this I also came to the conclusion of another not insignificant point of this blog. I do hope people who are on the verge of considering betraying their partner to be able to read first hand what the damage can be like. Perhaps it will give them pause to face their own shortcomings and think twice.
For your consideration….I now turn my thoughts back to my primary purpose of repairing my life, my wife and myself.