Acceptance of reality


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

– Albert Einstein

Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem.

-I Samuel 16:1a, NLT

An important part of the healing process is getting to a place of acceptance.

And I am not just talking about accepting what awful things happened, happened. I am talking about accepting that the cheater is actually a cheater. It is who they are.

I think a lot of our suffering as faithful spouses comes from assuming or operating from the assumption that the cheater is someone he/she is not.

It is a hard realty to accept. Many of us have invested years into the marriage only to make the discovery regarding our spouse’s infidelity. It is hard to rewire one’s thought processes overnight.

We might try to reason with the cheater. But they are unreasonable. And we suffer.

We might act and assume the cheater will behave like a friend. They married us after all! But they are not our friend. And we suffer.

We might assume our pain matters to them as their pain matters (or mattered) to us. But that did not stop them from gutting us emotionally via committing adultery. And we suffer.

Liars lie. That is what liars do.

Why continue expecting better from someone who as already told you who they are by their deliberate marital treachery?

The person we married has demonstrated that their true self is an ugly self. It is not honorable or godly. Therefore, the wise faithful spouse accepts this information and lowers expectations accordingly based on the information at hand.

Coming back to a cheater expecting them to care when they have demonstrated in the ultimate humiliating fashion to the faithful spouse that they do not is courting insanity. It is repeating an action expecting a different result (see Einstein quote above). 

Break the insanity cycle:

Accept they are who their actions say they are. Set expectations accordingly.

2 thoughts on “Acceptance of reality”

  1. You nailed it. The challenge is that as a spouse I owned my cheater’s actions. I bought into the lie that I was some how to blame for his choices made of his free will. Did I think they were wise? No. Were they hurtful? Devastatingly so. And this blog popped onto the horizon just about that awful time started. As I leaned more towards God, I realized I had to be more like God including accepting the free choices made by someone else. And that those awful choices were my cheater’s. NOT mine. As time went on, I learned I didn’t have to really say anything. A lot of these articles have helped – sometimes daily. I would whisper Amen, Amen. Cheater and his gal pal moved to the next town over so they could re-invent themselves as respectable. When ever I happen upon them, which is rare, there is all this anxious activity. Almost as if I am making them uncomfortable. I look at the show thinking “you have confirmed again with your actions that you want everyone else to make you comfortable with your choices” and I am reminded of how grateful I am away from all that mess. It sure is painful extricating oneself from the grasp of the lies that swirl around and damage the innocence and trust that adultery so flagrantly takes advantage of. I remember feeling like a real idiot. I could still feel that way if I focused on that. I just feel so grateful I am no longer affiliated with those kinds of crappy choices.

  2. I just found this blog. I have been staying in the insanity of lies and financial unfaithfulness. My church will not step in and do a mat 18 as they don’t care to be in anothers financial biz. But if he were sexually unfaithful they would. Frustrating.

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