Anyone heard this story before?: Leah and Fred have been dating for a little while (plug in 3 weeks or 3 months here) and Leah starts to get fed up that Fred is never available (plug in here Fred is fed up with Leah) and decides to end the relationship in a reasonable and responsible way:
“This really isn’t working out for me. I think we have different needs for a relationship.” No blaming, no shaming…just we are two adults who aren’t looking for the same things, right?
Commence the storm of nasty texts, ALL CAPITALIZED WITH !!!!*&^*(!!!! full of nasty comments, accusations, criticisms of everything about her/him. Reaction? Really, what…? We didn’t even have a commitment of any kind and they react this harshly?
Ignore the texts, don’t answer the phone, don’t read the emails for a few days and you think it’ll blow over. Whew!
What do you think happens next?
He/she shows up at her/his workplace with flowers, apologies, offers of fun and expensive things to do together….you can’t believe it!
What would you do? Do you think going back will mean a change and a better relationship? What clues lead you to believe that?
Unfortunately many people are tempted to and do go back into this snake pit expecting a different result. It rarely turns out well but we talk ourselves into believing it can.
Ask yourself this question: How can this wound be healed? How can a person make up for having said such horrible and hurtful things? If this happened so early in a relationship, what makes you think it won’t happen again?
I want to tell you this fact: There are plenty of nice people out there who could love you just the way you are…you don’t need to SETTLE for anyone who doesn’t have basic human respect!
Time to move on, respect yourself and your life and let it go.