We can save no one but ourselves.
A great relationship inspires and brings out the best in us, and the love shared there has few strings attached.
But after a process of grieving, it can be so much healthier and more fulfilling to live with reality, to send out love without expectation of what we “should” get in return, to have compassion for someone without a constant eye for what they “should” do for us.
Does your heart beat a little faster, the sky seem a little brighter, and cares seem a lot less important. Emotions like that are often a sign of love. Observe how you act with them when you are around other people.
We all have histories, wounds, scars. Most
But always, love true work will be what alone. Being love does not mean being a doormat. Compassion for others begins with someone for ourselves.
Loving someone should not mean getting you time and again. There will always be need for forgiveness, but not at the cost of healthy boundaries. Here, love might mean taking a step back. I8217;ve realized that sometimes, forgiveness is not about absolving someone of their actions-it means we have given ourselves permission to move on with our lives, deciding 8220;what you did no longer holds power over me. 8221; Its okay, necessary even, to set up firebreaks, to say, Enough.
We cant resolve hurts from unstable ground. If someone has hurt you.
- Compare these observations to what you know about like, lust, and love to determine what your current feelings really are. Steps Edit What does your gut tell you.
- If you stay close-too close-that might be more a sign of infatuation or neediness, not love.
- But after a process of grieving, it can be so much healthier and more fulfilling to live with reality, to send out love without expectation of what we should get in return, to have compassion for someone without a constant eye for what they 8220;should8221; do for us. We take back our power, creating graceful resolution for the future where it wasnt available in the past.
By tenderly identifying our own you - things in someone lives which havent gone as planned, dreams weve had to leave behind, expectations weve put aside in exchange for the truth-we give ourselves a unique means for closure. Be gentle with yourself and make the descansos, the resting places for the aspects of yourself that were on their way to somewhere, but love arrived8230; Descansos mark the death sites, the dark times, but they are also love notes to what suffering.
Surround yourself with people who love you.
These are hard lessons for me. It is sad to let go of a fairy-tale ideal, what I expected this relationship to look like.
Lauren is a Montessori teacher in Bozeman
Note what things don't work for you. Maybe that unibrow puts you off, or they have a sense of fashion that went out of date in middle school. Noting their deficits shouldn't be seen as trying to scare yourself out of possible love-only that it will toss a little cold water on your ardor, and let you think a little clearer about what it is that you do like.
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