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Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Posted March 29, 2011

Published in Lifestyle

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What Can Gadhafi Teach Us About Our Personal Relationships?

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It is only a matter of time before Gadhafi leaves Libya. History provides many examples of the United States destroying dictators they were once in bed with when it becomes their best interest to do so.

And yet Gadhafi stays. He wants to do battle as long as he can, long after the outcome of his removal had already been decided by other parties, racking up more casualties, costs and collateral damage in the process. Going quietly into the night doesn’t satisfy his angry, selfish ego.

It’s just like couples who divorce when their relationship goes sour. The decision has been made, divorce is a given, living happily ever after just ain’t going to happen.

But instead of accepting this and parting ways as amicably and reasonable as they can, acknowledging that there are no more cards to play in that hand, their angry, judgmental egos prevail and insist on doing battle day to day in their transactions with each other and, more specifically, in the courts, reaping tremendous amounts of emotional and financial havoc that oftentimes leaks all over their children who become custody pawns in their pathetic chess game to prove who can hurt the other more.

So what is the take-home message? Let bygones be bygones. When the relationship is clearly over, let it die a quiet death, let it rest in peace.

Move on. Count your blessings. Be grateful for whatever positive and loving memories you can still muster in your mind and make a healthy, humanistic transition into a new phase of your life. Ride off into the sunset with dignity and honor.

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