Bobka, I've been following and commenting on your situation in your other threads. I think, knowing the context of your question, there is a surefire way to lift the fog: exposure, removal of her crap, and divorce papers.
Now, I know in your other threads, you have described excuses why this cannot be. If I remember correctly, money is tight and one of you will be homeless if forced to leave. BULL. ABSOLUTE BULL. Isn't she ALREADY STAYING somewhere? Well, she made her choice, so happily allow her to stay there permanently. Can;t you see that she has MADE THIS DECISION and is quite happy with it?
While I do view those as excuses you cling to to avoid action (sorry, no offense), I see only 1 way to get your wife out of the fog. It's a combination of three actions:
1. Remove her crap from the house. You are playing storage manager to her shid while she's out banging other dudes. Not cool at all.
Yes, you said you have no lawn and can't pay a trash collector to come. I call shenanigans and BS on that. It costs nothing to put an ad in the local pennysaver/craigslist/flyers etc. to advertise free crap for anyone willing to haul it away. It would cost you very little to hire some local neighborhood teens to help you remove it. And it takes just the barest minimum of effort to BEGIN throwing stuff away (or even better...donating it to the salvation army, women's shelter, homeless shelter, etc. You can write it all off as a taxable donation at the end of the year to boot!), even if that's one trash bin at a time.
You need to send a clear message that you are moving on, with or without her, and while she chooses to bang other dudes, you are moving on without her. Tossing her crap out of your house is a strong message that can shock people....out of the fog. "Wow, he's removing all of my things.....holy [email protected]
, is he serious this time???"
2. Expose. Expose. Expose. Expose. Expose......then Expose.
****roaches thrive in dark places. When the lights turn on, they scatter. Cheaters are the same way: you are willingly keeping the lights off and allowing the ****roaches to mate like rabbits. TURN ON THE LIGHTS!!!!! Tell your kids. Tell your friends. Tell her friends. Tell the OM's friends. Tell the OM's work. TELL EVERYONE IN THE WORLD. When people begin eyeballing her with disgust (and they will), when other women eyeball her with anger (and they will), when her kids look at her with pity and sadness (and they will), when the OM's employer has to deal with this kind of drama (which people HATE dealing with), when the OM has to live with the embarrassment of being exposed (Time to throw the other woman under the bus, this is NOT worth it)....it's kinda hard to keep the magic going with Mr. Right. When everyone around you, everyone who knows you, everyone who cares for you looks upon you with shame....you start to realize that what you are doing is, perhaps, actually SHAMEFUL. That helps bring people out of the fog. For some inexplicable reason, you have chosen not to expose for whatever excuse you can suddenly come up with. Honestly, there is NO GOOD REASON not to tell everyone. None at all.
3. File for divorce. TODAY!
No excuses from you sir: file for divorce and request EVERYTHING. Include EVERY DETAIL in the filing (even if your state doesn't care about the details....get it on record and on paper) You don't have to actually follow through if you decide not to......but I'll tell you what, threatening to do something is one thing....ACTUALLY DOING IT IS ANOTHER. Filing is not actually divorcing, but it's a step in that direction and can have an incredibly shocking effect on the spouse. "Holy crud, he actually filed. Maybe....JUST MAYBE.....he is actually serious???" That kind of shock can certainly bring people out of the fog.
I am afraid that until you stop coming up wtih excuses on why you should protect your cheating wife, she will remain in the fog (as will you).
EDIT: I want to quote Ovid here
As a result I was in the process of gathering evidence for court and kicking her out at the same time. When she saw my reaction "the fog" was gone.
Are you beginning to see a pattern Bobka? Those who take swift and decisive action (ie: manning up) get results, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. People who do nothing except wag a finger....get the results you have been getting.
I'm not saying this to be mean, I'm saying this because it's true.