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Over the past year or so, I have talked with many of my friends about what has occurred over the past several years. The one common thread in each of these conversations is the impact a divorce has beyond the failed marriage. Nearly everyone I talk to is still trying to make sense out of what has occurred. At the onset of a divorce, the lawyers instruct that immediate family members are to have no contact with the opposing family. Children may favor one parent over the other. Friends may remain with whomever they feel comfortable. Other people will try to remain friends with both partners but my experience, as well as talking with others in the same boat, this rarely works out. Eventually all will take a side. When we are willing to accept this consequence of divorce, then one can move forward in rebuilding their life.

And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
~ Jesus ~

When my family and friends have finished processing their thoughts, I remind them that I am feeling better than I have in a long, long time. While divorce was not a desired path, it has brought peace, happiness, strengthen friendships and brought new friends into my life. For that I am grateful.