“There is no reason for any of us to stay in a situation that is repulsive or damaging to us. Perhaps in our sense of guilt or unworthiness we believe that we must endure a painful predicament because we are not worthy of better, or because we are paying off some old karma or sins. We must cast such thoughts from our mind without hesitation and reclaim our right to be happy and treat ourself and others with dignity and respect.
I reiterate that no one deserves to be abused. The first time you are abused, it is the other person’s fault; the second time it is your own. You have a responsibility to listen to the still small voice within you that prompts, “This is not right. I must do something to change this.” At such a time, remember that being repulsed by something that is potentially harmful is a very helpful experience. It gives you the motivation to remove yourself from pain and be at peace in your right place elsewhere. In such a case, you are not running away. You are coming home.”
Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”
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