You will occasionally see true “wisdom” even in the most silly, or maudlin, movie. In this case, it’s the original “Karate Kid”. And I think Mr. Miyagi’s discussion about how to not get “the squish just like grape” applies to the topic of infidelity and marital recovery. In fact, it’s good advice for many things in life, to be honest.
Cheaters: You must choose a path in life. You can’t try and run the double life — marriage and affair going on — and hope that it all works out. Sooner or later, you too will get “the squish” trying to navigate your life between spouse and lover. It will blow up in your face most of the time, if not erode your psyche from within.
To those Betrayed: You must choose a path. If you really do not wish to forgive and recover your marriage, then do yourself and your spouse a favor and release them. Divorce. Trying to navigate between “punishment” and “reconciliation” does not work. You cannot pursue justice and forgiveness at the same time. You can’t take the middle road. You must choose one path or the other. Life is too short to do otherwise.
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