A good friend of mine and his girl broke up and he said this: “I jumped into a relationship with the best intentions and they backfired in my face, so i’ll just plod on, pick meself up and start again [albeit with a more dubious, cynical outlook than last time. If i’ve learned anything it’s not give yourself too freely and for sure SAVE some of yourself…for yourself.”
I wrote back to him and told him this:
Not to give ourselves freely to our loved one presents a bigger risk of regret. How can we be sure that we’ve given the best we can and lived all the moments in that relationship if we know in the back of our heads that we saved some of ourselves as cushioning, just in case? This does not help to answer honestly these questions:
1. If my he/she had access to all of me / my soul / my self would we have had a more fulfilling relationship?
2. Could I have done more?
Sure, we can answer those questions, but answers that are not completely honest means we are not being completely truthful to ourselves. There’s also a potential for the relationship to be a self-fulfilling prophecy (I need to be more dubious and cynical because thats the only way to save my heart from being shattered again). The deep hell of ‘what-ifs’ is not a place for anyone I care about.
So, just love. Love as wholly as we can. Have faith in our heart’s ability to heal. Be harmonious with the fact that we love ourselves and we give all of our heart to build a warm, loving relationship that brings out the best in us. If the relationship doesnt turn out as how we wanted it to, accept the fact and let’s be grateful that we have had the opportunity to love and be loved in return.
For at least 2 years I have not loved anyone, I thought I was doing the right thing and my critical, analytical thinking saved my soul from hurt. I was wrong. I forgot about my heart’s ability to heal. I did not feel any love because I did not love. I believed that every time a relationship ended, I could pick up my shattered heart from the floor, but the pieces would never be whole again. And that’s what happened, because I believed it. I see the truth now. I’m grateful for the vision, because if not, I wouldnt have realised how I let my soul die. And this is as much as a continuous reminder to myself more than me sharing this opinion with you.
Please re-consider your strategy. You are good enough to love and to be loved. There’s no need to keep a % of you to you, for you. Separate intentions from behaviour: hate the behaviour, not the person.
I asked for his forgiveness if I was too brash and insensitive in my remarks, I just will not let someone I know go forth with a strategy that I have seen to have more potential to destroy than to heal.
Was I too brash?