#MarriageChronicles 10: Infidelity And You
Hellurr…I can understand why your interest is spiked right now. Infidelity! Despite the sad fuel situation in the country, it’s okay to just take a break and read a blog. Lol. I love coming to you with topics that make you want to keep reading, I love writing. And most importantly, at the risk of sounding cheesy, I love you guys…really. *wide grin*. I could only think of Sam Smith’s ‘I know I’m not the only one’ for this post so there you go.
You may catch me a few times saying that infidelity is not enough reason to call off a relationship, much more a marriage. My opinion. Although I know a few people who won’t share this line of thought. I should clearly add this caveat, that the above statement is for those who cheated just one time and are terribly remorseful. A serial cheater should be in some kind of rehab, not married.
I’ve seen infidelity wreck homes especially by those who just fell victim one time. And they got caught. It’s also sad that some people don’t even know when they walk right into such traps. Cheating starts with the heart. You would have emotionally cheated on your spouse before physically cheating. Men will say it’s different for them, as they can have sex without emotions. I say it all starts in the mind. Call it whatever you like.
So can we deal with the root? The mind? I won’t list out 5 steps or 7 keys or 3 tips to avoid infidelity, I’ll just share my thoughts. I think the first thing is to set boundaries. When we were growing up my mum would switch off her phone by 9pm. Whoever needed her would call the next day or send a text. She had her own issues but I’m sure infidelity wasn’t one of them. Your boundaries may be different depending on your work schedule. But set boundaries. These days a ring don’t scare nobody. You have to show in our words and action that you don’t welcome those kind of behaviour.
Another trick I know works well even for me, is talking about your man/woman a lot. You don’t have to be all cheesy about it but make sure you proudly drop his/her name here and there. Let them know you’re happy and content where you are, else you’re looking for trouble.
I noticed when a couple fights, they go talking about it to others. I understand that you’ll need counsel as you progress but you should be careful not to divulge to someone you sense has feelings for you. That’s just license to pounce in. Instead have someone of the same sex, especially older, to share your issues with, if you so need to. Let’s be wise.
I used to think that some people just can’t cheat, that some sins can’t touch some people. Foul! I tweeted earlier, you really can’t vouch for your flesh. Forget trying. Just humbly thank God that He preserves you at all times and leads you not into temptation, like we pray in the Lord’s Prayer. But to think that you’ll never cheat just because you have so much self-control is to tell yourself the fattest lie. Anyone can do anything when the right buttons are pushed, but for GOD!
What experiences or advice would you like to share? I’d love to read from you!! Please don’t forget to share as well.
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