From the February 2012 magazine.

February 2012: Do I Want to Be Right … Or Happy?

Rage made her leave the car, but her Higher Power brought her back

We hadn’t left the driveway, and we were already arguing. No topic was safe. Disagreement led to defensiveness; critical remarks led to hurt feelings; dismissive body language led to anger. We inevitably began saying things to one another we would later regret.

By the time we arrived at the restaurant, I exited the car and began to walk away in the opposite direction of the restaurant’s entrance. “Oh, just walk away like you always do,” he taunted. I kept walking. “Go ahead, leave,” he threatened. So I did. I walked and walked. I didn’t have my wallet, I didn’t have my keys, and I didn’t have my cell phone. I knew I’d learned enough in the program that a one-way ticket to California was not going to solve the problem. I’d tried geographical cures in the past, and they never worked.

-- Debbie B.

Wyckoff, New Jersey

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