I have a lot to atone for, but there is one issue I really want to discuss. Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame.
The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affaris. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.
I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I thought that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.
1. atone for
eg. He felt he had atoned for what he had done to his son.
eg. He could not avoid having to atone for what he had done.
2. have an affair/affairs
eg. Did you know he was having an affair?
eg. People often have affairs to reinvent themselves or, more accurately, to be the person they think they want to be.
3. believe in
eg. He believed in marital fidelity.
eg. If you believe in yourself you can succeed.
4. live by
eg. They live by the principle that we are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we want from it.
eg. I only have one cardinal rule that I live by.
5. get away with
eg. The criminals know how to play the system and get away with it.
eg. This is one of the few jobs you can do and get away with being completely drunk.
6. thank to
eg. It is thanks to this committee that many new sponsors have come forward.
eg. Thanks to recent research, effective treatments are available.