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In response to: Completing Promises 2017

Comment from: Member

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As an example, I contacted an old friend. He was feeling all sorts of guilty that he hadn’t responded to a few calls I’d made to him last year. And the more he didn’t call, the guiltier he felt and that kept him from following up even more.
It was crazy. He’s my brother from another mother, and he couldn’t call to say hello.
Clearing that space was just such a nice way to start the year.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

I don’t understand what lobola negotiations are. In the west, your choice is yours. I don’t know what other factors come into your considerations, but it’s your life. It sounds a bit messy at the moment. Maybe you should get away from both of these people and find some space to be yourself and discover what is important to you before you even consider making a future with anyone.
But don’t do it on the sly. Tell them what you are doing and why. Lay the whole situation before them (in which case they both might want to dump you, sorry), and start with a clean slate. You don’t want to go in with all sorts of unresolved issues in the background.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

My advice doesn’t change. No matter how much you have invested, if she has decided it’s over, it’s over. You can try to make her see "sense," but it seems her sensibility has changed on the matter. She has obviously never had a backbone on the matter, or other people would know about you. It’s possible she was always just using you as a crutch. And again, so what?
You said you made her so to speak. I’d resent it if someone spoke like that about me. You encouraged her. You held her hand, but she did the work.
Do the exercise. Do it again. Give yourself some time, and do it again. The thing is to be grateful for what you had, forgive yourself and her, and find a way to complete it to move on.
Do something for your own good: meditation, exercise, that trip you always wanted to take, the class you thought you’d try, the instrument you thought it would be fun to take up, visit your parents, visit an old person, take care of someone’s grave, sit on a beach, take a walk in the woods. It might take some time to heal. You’ll heal quicker if you find meaning in something else. Become a bigger human being.
Maybe you don’t find love, maybe you can’t find love, by trying to make someone else. Maybe you need to let her be her (any her except the last one) best self, while you find your best self, and you let those two people play with each other.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Henry Visitor

Henry

I met this Indian girl when I was 18 and she was 20. She had just relocated to America from a small village in India. When I first met her, she was not doing anything else with her life except working numerous jobs. After a year of knowing her I asked her out and at first she said no but a few months later we began dating. We dated for 6 years this year however our relationship was always kept a secret for fear of her family finding out. I’m black because I’m certain that’s a key factor. In those 6 years I built this girl up. I forced her back into school, helped her with every course in her college single handedly raising her GPA from 1.8 to 3.6. To me she was the perfect girl. She took such good care of me and she loved me beyond words. Of course her family throughout the years kept nagging her to get married but she always told me she feared them finding out about us. She used to cry and say if she ever got forced to marry she would divorce whoever it was to be with me. She recently left for India for four months and everything was fine despite the headache that a marriage was inevitable. On a Thursday we spoke as usual, she told me she missed me, loved me, couldn’t wait to come back. Then the next day, she told me she wanted nothing to do with me in her life. She literally tossed me out. She said she met a guy who she decided to say yes to and it was her choice but she was giving up on me and on us. The said guy should I mention is very wealthy in India. At this same time I started talking to her best friend who it turns out had no idea we were in a relationship at all, 6 years at that! She felt betrayed and disappointed and said that my gf had met this guy a month before leaving for India and said she was on a date with him. I feel like she was forced into marrying someone and this wealthy guy came along and she decided to fall for this option. I’ve known this woman for so many years and this is not in her personality but all the information her best friend revealed to me made it seem like she is a golddigger. I’m so heartbroken because all of this happened so abruptly and with no warning. My heart is torn apart not only because I love this girl so much, but because she also showed me so much love and care. She told me to leave her alone, to move on because she had moved on. I was shown pictures of her and this guy by her best friend and also text exchanges between the girls, but when her friend confronted her about me and asked her to swear on her mother if she didn’t love me, my gf went silent. Can a female even if she was heartless forget the kind and gentle soul i always was to her? She always used to tell me how she will never find a guy as perfect as me (even as recently as the week she broke up with me) and how i was always patient and loving to her. She says she had been thinking about this for a few weeks now, but I think she is responding to all the pressure around her and the fact that in the eyes of her family they’d find her a fool to say no to this wealthy guy who is divorced. My heart cries for her deeply. I don’t know if I have the strength to move on.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

I don’t ever think lying is the best option.
That said, this is a delicate situation. I don’t know your culture or what is expected or tolerated.
If you want to marry someone, in my culture, I would counsel you to share with your fiance the whole history. Great relationships come with a commitment to honest and open communication. Again, I don’t know if your even entertaining this other woman might cause your fiance to dump you.
As to the woman stuck on you, if you can get her to help, that would be good. Maybe it’s appropriate to talk to her family, or husband. Again, I don’t know your culture.
You obviously care for her, but she is manipulating that, even if she is not aware of it. It leaves you both without power.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

You can include it, but it’s not the main part of this exercise for you.
What you need to do is acknowledge that it’s over. It might be over because of something you did. It might be over for reasons having nothing to do with you. But as long as you are thinking about her, you are not completely with the person in front of you now.
Find a way to celebrate the person in front of you right now.
If you can’t, maybe you shouldn’t be in this relationship right now. Maybe you should take a little more time to just get complete with what was.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: matthew waters Visitor

matthew waters

I’ve currently have a girlfriend and still can’t stop thinking about my ex girlfriend that broke up with me over a year ago. Should still write to my ex thanking her for the good times? I still feel I might want to get back with ex, but not sure. I’m really confused in what to do?

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

First, thanks for commenting. I hope you got some value out of this.
Second, you don’t have to send her anything. This is for you to get complete. Sometimes, in doing that, you find that there’s something you want to apologize for, or something you want to acknowledge her for, or you just want to give her a chance to be complete as well If that’s the case, share it with her.
In my case, whether we worked as boyfriend and girlfriend, I still value my exes as friends, if they are interested in staying in contact. So I’m happy to share with them.

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

odysseus

This is a helpful list. But I was confused on a basic point–the letter you send to her, listing all the wonderful things she did for you and how she made you feel. Do you send it?

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: zanele Visitor

zanele

I am in love with my boyfriend BT someone else asked me to marry him BT I don’t live that person the person that I love is the one that I am in love with the problem is that I see that this person will never marry me and he is cheating but I love him with all my heart and the person that want to marry me loves me too much BT I don’t have live for him the problem is that I agreed with the lobola negotiations BT my boyfriend don’t know anything about that I don’t even know what to say to him because I don’t want to loose him BT I do want to get married pls help I dnt know what to do now

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

The problem is it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. He’s stuck in the past. He has decided he missed "the one." Until he is ready to move on, to do this exercise, or whatever other work is necessary to put her behind him, he will not be 100% in any other relationship.
It could happen that in the course of a marriage to someone else, and with what he creates there, he lets his prior love go, or he could just become more distant.
Perhaps it doesn’t matter whether she was his true love.
Is he willing to love you and commitment to making an amazing life with you, and leaving his "true love" behind so that he can actually create something else, like a "new love."

In response to: How to Leave Your Ex Behind

Comment from: Member

shara

Hi I need an answer for this.
One guy will take 2 year time to propose a girl after she agree they where in to 7 month love later in her home parents made er to marry a another guy but the guy who love her he a nit in conditions to marry her in that time due to he was still studying. This was happen before 3 year back now she s having a baby I think she happy with married life but this guy still in her memory. Can any one say is this true love?
Now with same guy m also fall in love I have a feeling caring everything for him but from his end my not feeling anything but he say he loves me and he said ready to marry me.
But I need him completely main and he should feel for me what I can do for this.
But he say that was his true love can anyone say is that’s true love. And What is true love?

In response to: Finding the Work You Love: Part I

Comment from: Member

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12/25/15 @ 06:49

In response to: A Lack of Creativity

Comment from: Kim Sumner-Mayer Visitor

Kim Sumner-Mayer

So true, Dave, that we often limit ourselves by thinking about our constraints, instead of our possibilities. It’s hard, though, at midlife, to change or give up things that we have invested in for years, harder still if you have children and the routines they thrive on. Takes a great deal of courage and willingness to cope with uncertainty. I have a friend who’s a vet, who decided mid-career that he wanted to be able to do surgery and went back for a 3 year internship in vet internal medicine. Pulled up stakes in NY, moved to CA with his wife, who is able to make her career work anywhere she wants to live, and they are living a great life. (Albeit, they have no children–also a purposeful decision on their part.) He’s about to finish, and they’re talking about what’s important to them both in order to figure out exactly what job, where, he wants to take when he’s done. It’s purposeful, passionate living. They are happy. Any therapist worth their salt knows that change, while often desired, is also feared, and people rarely choose to change their circumstances unless they’re in enough pain that the pain of no change becomes greater than the pain of change. The balance has to tip to find that courage.

In response to: The Big Picture

Comment from: Elizabeth Visitor

Elizabeth

I think you are really on to something - that sometimes there is ‘too much of a good thing’ and it replace the more important things of community, family, and personal growth, with ‘bigger better deal’ syndrome, or of being in a rush to get some ‘predetermined destination’ such that one forgets to enjoy the journey on the way there. And that the powers that be seem to be more into red tape than real community building. Good post!