Restore Your Faith in Love: Seven Pathways to Success
“My marriage is quite the opposite of my parents’ marriage. My husband treats me with respect, trust, and consideration – and loves me for me. We have a bond just like I wanted for myself.” – Catherine, age 39
As a daughter of divorce, the single most important task ahead is restoring your faith in love. You might desperately want love and life-long commitment, but fear losing it. It’s only natural to dread reencountering the same fate as your parents. But how can you emerge with strength and hope? As an adult, you may have come to the sudden realization that the relationship patterns you experience in your life mirror those of your parents. In the realm of romantic relationships, there is a lot to learn. The problem is when parents divorce, they don’t provide their children with healthy relationship templates to follow. But with courage and persistence, you can reject the models you were raised with and create an intimate relationship that endures the test of time.
While love and commitment should not be taken lightly, most of the women in our study have a healthy respect for both. You can exercise free will and learn to avoid the pitfalls that increase the probability of your own divorce. Although happy relationships eluded your parents, you still have time to re-write your story. Your divorce experience has made you stronger, more realistic, and better prepared for the requirements of love. While marriage is not desirable for everyone, and many women reject the notion of it in the twenty-first century, it can bring love and security for those willing to withstand the inevitable hard times. Whether you choose to marry or not, examining various pathways for success will help you to achieve personal happiness and lasting love. Keep in mind, it’s never too late to heal and restore your faith in love.
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