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Email of the Day: I Found a Silver Lining in Betrayal

By Dr. Laura on January, 26 2023
Email of the Day: I Found a Silver Lining in Betrayal

My husband and I were close friends with a group of people throughout our early twenties. Eight months after we married, I got pregnant. We had agreed that I’d be a stay-at-home mom, but we weren’t expecting it so early in our marriage. We were a little overwhelmed and went to our friends for support. We got the complete opposite.


These β€œfriends” always talked about how accepting people needed to be of different lifestyle choices, but instead, I was told how I was throwing away my college degree, losing my identity and they just couldn’t be friends with that. After our son was born, I saw those β€œfriends” through lenses of pity rather than anger. I realized how hypocritical they were, because I was actually more accepting of different cultures, lifestyles and people than they pretended to be!


Your book β€œSurviving A Shark Attack on Land” helped me realize several things:


1) I knew what kind of people these friends were, yet I stayed friends with them before our pregnancy. I take full responsibility for that.

2) After their betrayal, I found new wonderful friends and through them, I found a fulfilling hobby I wouldn’t ever have thought about.


Your book helped me find that silver lining in betrayal, and it also helped me take some responsibility for my part in everything.



I Found a Silver Lining in Betrayal


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