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January 11, 2012
He knows that I spend time with him out of a sense of obligation, based on a fading love. That hurts because in his mind and heart, I am his soul mate. It hurts, but he accepts it and is leveraging it. He has always been good at leveraging my good will, my willingness to give in to him. 

How easy it would have been to say, "No." 

Automatic kicked in, truly. Request came in, I automatically searched for spot on my schedule.

Next step for me, then, is to practice "no."

For now, it's only a movie.