What I Accept

Old 07-18-2007, 01:31 PM
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What I Accept

For a long time I accepted unacceptable behavior.
I would say it was unacceptable, but I would tolerate it by sticking around or by replacing one toxic relationship with another.

It had been many years since I was exposed to proper behavior by a healthy man who was genuinely interested in me. Until a couple weeks ago.

Ive met someone who is all of the things the healthy me wants and none of the things the sick me used to 'need'. I am sure the sick me would not have attracted this person. I was getting a little anti-recovery up until it clicked in my head. My life is vastly improved by my getting well. It wasnt about my ex and his sickness, it was about mine and my getting well enough to want healthy things.

I don't know where this is going and where it will end up, but I am sure that I will never go back to the person I was. Not to mention the person I once could never imagine being without. A man with no red flags. I am not scared, or afraid, or sad, or even nervous. This must be what healthy relationships look like...and I like it!

Im so thankful that I didnt stay stuck in a bad relationship, there are too many healthy people out there for that
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:37 PM
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Funny Elizabeth, this was my theme on my run this morning,,,

Getting to the point where the unacceptable would TRULY be unacceptble.

I often would say that, "this is unaceptable" to me and as you said, continue to accept it. No wonder I didn't get the respect I thought I deserved. I wasn't INSISITING on it.

I've been practicing doing that. Now perfect at it yet, but every day getting closer to what it means to say what I mean, AND mean what I say,,,

But, damn, girl, I'd probably BOLT from a "healthy" relationship right now,,,,

Your an inspriation. And what I aspire to be,,,

Good luck with the cute boy,,

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:33 PM
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often would say that, "this is unaceptable" to me and as you said, continue to accept it
Yes, that was my quacking.
Actions talk and words whisper. I was saying I wouldnt tolerate it, but my actions were saying (much louder) that I would.

You got it CE..mean what you say and say what you mean is a them I try to have daily!
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:35 PM
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Thanks girls for this reminder as I too claim something is unacceptable while still in some facets allowing it and doing nothing, besides whining about it. Ill get there one day, still taking baby steps,
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:41 PM
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To me, the biggest red flag is when the relationship gets put on RUSH....I believe with all my heart it takes two years to get to know someone, so I wouldn't considered moving in with someone I hadn't known/dated for 2 years.
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Elizabeth how did you recover?
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:49 PM
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WWWWOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOO U HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD ! We all needed to hear that one.. Thanks a million.
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