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If You Think Divorce is the Only Option

If You Think Divorce is the Only Option

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You are feeling despair. Every discussion ends in an argument. The spark has just plain gone out of your marriage. It seems inevitable that your relationship is just drifting towards divorce. It's almost inevitable!
My aim in this short article is to shine a shaft of light into your darkness and to assure you that your marriage can flourish again.

You are feeling despair. Every discussion ends in an argument. The spark has just plain gone out of your marriage. It seems inevitable that your relationship is just drifting towards divorce. It's almost inevitable!
My aim in this short article is to shine a shaft of light into your darkness and to assure you that your marriage can flourish again.

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Published by: thechoice1products on Jan 19, 2011
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If you think divorce is the only option...read on!Nobody likes pain but it
s there for a purpose. Portland divorce lawyers do support reconciliation andoffer a link on our site -Try To Save Your Marrage, you may want to check it out before requesting ourservices. A curious thing about leprosy is that it
s not normally the disease that results in a persons
fingers or toes falling off, it’s the fact that the disease of leprosy stops a person being able to feel pain
and so they will unconsciously burn themselves badly and not feel it. The nerve endings have beendamaged and so they cannot feel pain at all and the results, more often than not, are the hideousdeformities that we now associate with a leper. A leper would love to feel pain because they know thatpain is given to us to warn our bodies that something is wrong that needs put right, if possible. Pain isnot always a bad thing.I run marathons. Do you think I feel pain when I run a marathon? You bet I do! A marathon is one of thesupreme tests of endurance that average people can undertake. During the run your body uses up all itsstores of carbohydrates and other necessary body fuels and then begins to feed off itself 
it turnscannibal, if you like. This is painful. As well as that, it is not uncommon to pull a muscle, develop ablister, get a stitch, hurt your joints or any other number of painful ailments. Your body is telling you to
stop, this is damaging to it! In this context, pain is your body’s natural way to tell you that you are
overdoing it
and of course you are. However, all of us can ‘overdo it’ for a lot longer than we think is
possible initially. We can learn to acknowledge the pain and, whilst taking steps to minimize it, we canstill run on and on. Mind over matter if you like.One of the great acts of heroism I ever witnessed was during an Olympic marathon when the Tanzanianrepresentative fell during the race badly injuring himself. He got up and struggled on in obvious painwhilst all the other runners disappeared up the road in front of him. It was demoralizing for him but herefused to give up. He struggled on and entered the stadium with only a few people still left in thestands to cheer him home. He finished the race with blood pouring from his leg wound just as they were
taking down the finishing line and a television reporter asked why he hadn’t just given up after falling sobadly. His response was brilliant. He replied, “My country did not send me here to start a race. They sentme to finish a race!”
Too many of us start the race but are not so committed to finishing. I am firmly convinced that if acouple acknowledge to each other that there will be times of pain then they will be better able to copewith it for a period when it happens. In the western world, we have been brought up with this strangebelief that we should never suffer and so, when we inevitably do hit times of suffering, we have notprepared ourselves to handle it properly. I have a friend who lectures on philosophy in universities inmany third world countries. He says that one question he is never asked in third world countries is,
“Why does God allow suffering?” The reason for this is that suffering is just such a normal part of theirlives that they cannot imagine that anyone doesn’t suffer. In fact it’s the suffering that makes them into
the people they are. Can you accept that suffering makes you a better person?
 Here are five things we can do when we feel pain in our relationship:1. We need to acknowledge that there is pain and try to isolate what is causing it. As we have saidalready in regard to the lepers, pain has a purpose. It tells us that something is not right. When we feelpain in our relationship we need to stop and analyze why we are feeling that particular pain.When I was an accountant and had a bit more money at my disposal, one of the things I would do when
I felt some pain in my marriage was to throw a bit of money at it. We’d take a holiday, go for a nice
meal, buy some new clothes, get our hair done up (well at least my wife
would do this). Now, if you’ve
got the resources, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with any of these things but we need to be aware
that by distracting our minds for a little while from the cause of the pain it doesn’t make the pain go
away long term. It only puts a plaster over a wound that needs treatment.However, all we were doing by throwing money at our problems was delaying the inevitable and sooneror later we would have a big argument.
It’s a bit like developing a toothache. Sure, you can dul
l the pain by putting some painkilling drug onyour gum but if the cause of the pain is not dealt with, we know that it will flare up again, and next timeeven more painfully. Indeed if we kept on ignoring the pain then it might result in a tooth beingremoved. What started out as a simple toothache resulted in surgery, not good. In marriage there are anumber of ways of figuring out what is causing the pain. Most of them common sense. You could try just
talking to each other. Now there’s a novel suggestio
n! You could talk to a professional counselor who istrained to get to the bottom of painful issues. Whatever you decide to do it is crucial that you dosomething and do not ignore your pain. Once again the keyword is action.2. The second thing we can try when pain rears its probing head is something that might seem veryobvious but it is worth stating again just in case you miss it. Make sure that the pain you feel isassociated with your marriage and not something else, like your job or even your children. So often wecan be under pressure at our work and then come home and take it out on our partner. This is calleddisplacing the pain. One of the things that I had to learn to do was to actually say to my wife, when Icame home after a particularly hard day at work, that I was feeling stressed and tired. At first it felt like a
confession of weakness and it wasn’t easy for me to admit that sometimes I wasn’t coping as well as I’d
like to pretend. When I admitted as much to my wife, almost every time she was able to understand andtake a bit more of the household pressure for a short time.On other occasions the pressure was in the other direction and after a hard day of dealing with youngchildren my wife would sometimes take out her frustrations on me. If I failed to recognize that this washappening the result could easily be a full-blown argument over pain that had been displaced. It is veryimportant to be able to admit to feeling under pressure and to ask for some help from your spouse. If 
you don’t,
the pain you feel elsewhere will automatically come out in your marriage.
 3. The third thing to fix in your mind and believe is that pain is not a signal that your marriage is over.
When I’m running a marathon I need to keep reminding myself that pain is
a totally natural for thisevent and expected part of the race. I do not give up at the first twinge or even at quite severe pain. Ibattle through it. Of course, I have to put up with some pain if I want to finish the race. One thing thatdrives me nuts these days is when I read a report in a newspaper of the latest celebratory couple who
have split up citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the cause. What they are really saying is that they
encountered a wee bit pain and so just gave up! Usually they live such a pampered lifestyle that any sortof pain is just not acceptable and so they walk away (to repeat the exercise with someone else). Do notsuccumb to this modern malaise. If you never learn how to put up with a bit of pain, every relationshipyou ent
er into will head down the same path. If you don’t believe me, just check out the marriages inHollywood. Don’t become a quitter.
Pain is not the end
it’s a sign that something needs to be done. In fact, it can be a beginning if you let
it.4. Stop focusing on the pain. Whatever you focus on will begin to define who you are. If all you can see
are the bad things in your marriage it won’t be long until your marriage accurately reflects your focus. In
a marathon, if I keep thinking about how painful it is, there is a big temptation to give up. So what I do isto try and focus on more pleasant things such as the scenery, the joy of running, the anticipation of finishing, other runners (especially those who dress up in stupid outfits), anything to divert my attention
from the pain for a little while. It’s amazing how often the pain is actually more mental than physical. I
believe that the same thing can be achieved in marriage. Instead of focusing on the toothpaste lid or thetoilet seat (to quote just two cl
ichés) why not focus on your partner’s great sense of humour or their
willingness to always switch off the lights or any of a hundred other endearing qualities?
It’s amazing how trivial the irritations become when you remove them from the centre of your f 
ocus.Trythis simple exercise. Take a very small coin and hold it arms length between your finger and thumb.
Does it block out much of the view behind it? No, obviously it doesn’t. Now bring the coin up closer and
closer to your eye and close the other eye. What happens? It blocks your view almost completely,
doesn’t it? It’s only a small coin but it can completely obliterate your view if you let it. Often the same
thing happens in marriage. You can forget all the tremendous blessings you have together and focus on
the one tiny fault until it takes over and dominates your thinking. Don’t allow it to do so. Now, whatyou’ve just read might sound like a contradiction to point 1 but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, I’m
not suggesting here that you bury your head in the sand regarding pain in your marriage but what I amsaying is to make sure that the thing you think is causing you pain is actually as bad as you are makingout. Have you just become so used to whining about something that it has come to dominate yourthinking unnecessarily?
Don’t let a small pain obliterate your view of a great marriage.

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