I was talking to a friend of mine whose life had been turned upside down. She'd been with her boyfriend for over TEN YEARS and they had a beautiful little girl together. Over the course of their relationship, she'd become his second mother, so to speak. He left his mother's nest only to find his way into her nest next. And as the great mother she is, she treated him like the baby he wanted to be. Not only did she cook and clean for him every single day, but she paid all of the bills. Oh yeah, he had a job. BUT, she thought if she took good care of him, he'd take good care of her. And guess what??? He cheated on her again and again and again. The funny thing is that, every time he cheated on her, she knew beforehand when he was going to do it and when he actually did it.
Over the last month of learning to love yourself more, we've covered everything from choosing good people to associate with, letting go of the past and forgiving transgressors to being happy now, loving yourself first and visualizing your dreams. All of those are invaluable topics and lessons. But I think one of the greatest lessons we can learn is how to listen to your inner voice and trust your instincts. When you speak to people who have been a party to a bad situation, they often reminisce about how they had this feeling, this sense of worry and anxiety in their gut. More importantly, they often speak of how they ignored it and, as a result, fared badly.