Updated: Jan 18
First, you have to ask yourself how many second chances have you already offered? If you have lost count, then you’re way overdue for a swift boot to the bum. If you are just starting to contemplate this concept, I have a pretty neat expression that I use for just such an occurrence, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me (paraphrase Anthony Weldon, 1650).” It’s worked well for me so far and I’m sticking to it. You might be saying that’s ideal and all, but it doesn’t fit every circumstance. This is where I have to respectfully disagree. It is a good gauge of how many times you allow someone to fool you, trick you or take advantage of you. Why would someone persist over and over at fooling you? What are they hiding? What are they gaining? What are you losing? You will quickly start to see that you are losing out on a great deal (your sanity, your time, your self-respect, your trust, your well-being, etc.). If this is where you are, hit the road and don’t look back you are in a harmful, parasitic and/or abusive relationship.
What are your thoughts on second chances? Comment below.
Daily Affirmation: I let go of things that do contribute to my well-being.