I'm at a party without my SO, and someone I've been flirting with all night invites me to their apartment for a nightcap. I accept, remembering a vicious argument I had with my partner hours before, and deciding I deserve to have some fun once in a while.
Or I storm out of the house after a heated exchange, and climb into my car, and decide to go racing down the street, squealing my tires, to let my SO know how angry I am.
When I make choices on the spur of the moment in anger, or some other passionate emotion, I not only endanger myself and our relationship, but other people as well. If I sleep with someone who has unwittingly picked up the AIDS virus, I could spend the rest of my life regretting that one night, after I and my partner both get infected as well. Or my life is filled with the image of my car unsuccessfully trying to avoid a small child that darted out in front of me.
Whatever strong emotions I may feel at times in our relationship, they aren't worth ruining a life over. At such times, it will help me to remember to "think first". If I do, I can usually find healthier and safer ways of venting my feelings, ones that bring me to better solutions, instead of regrets.
Just for Today
A moment's bad choice can bring a lifetime of regret.
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