Why you can’t leave a bad relationship, no matter how hard you try.

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The day my sister said, “Colleen you’re smarter than this.” The time one of my high school besties said, “Leave before he destroys any more of you.”

And perhaps most painful? The day my son and I stood at the top of the stairs and his little voice said, “Why won’t you leave him?”

My counsellor tried to tell me something I refused to hear.

It was up to me to establish personal boundaries and self-protection.

Leaving a bad relationship had nothing to do with my husband and everything to do with me.

But I was unrelenting. I was going to fix my battered relationship.

I couldn’t help myself. Because buried deep within my person was a primal instinct.

I cared too much.

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As a matter of fact, I once told my marriage counsellor I would do anything, absolutely anything to save my marriage.

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