Is He or She “The One?” Ask these 2 Questions.

The One. The one. Is there a One? If you’re thinking your partner may be The One, ask these two fundamental questions about your relationship, and you’ll get your answer.

And if there is how will I know if they are The One? And what if I’m wrong? And what if there’s really two or three or…

We humans complicate things so. There are many animals who mate for life and don’t lose sleep trying to figure out if their mate is the only one. Wolves for example. And coyotes, those wild wild nocturnal maniacs—yes, they have it all figured out. (Read about the wolf spirit to learn more.)

Owls, beavers, eagles, swans, cranes, pigeons, hawks, ospreys, geese and some apes are a few more. My guess is that they don’t spend 10 minutes asking themselves if they have made the right choice or if something better awaits them right around the next corner.

They just know.

For years I have seen articles that describe in great detail how to know if our beloved is the one. I have read articles and books that strongly suggest that if I answer, “No” to any of their questions I might be in the wrong relationship. Books that ask hundreds of questions and no matter how you answer them you put the book down feeling like you just ate rotten fish and wondering what you ever saw in this person you love anyway.

We talk to friends and therapists and priests and experts. We take quizzes online and haunt the self help aisles in bookstores and libraries. We look for “signs” and ask question after question.

Does she make you feel…?

Does he say…?

Does he have…?

Does she give you…?

Can he read your mind?

Do you speak the same love language?

And oh my God, what do you mean he forgot your birthday?

2 Fundamental Questions to Ask If You’re Going to Spend the Rest of Your Life with Someone

It really is so much more simple than all of that and it all boils down to two very simple questions.

1. Do I love this person?

Not, is this person hot or sexy or fun; not, do I enjoy this person; not, are we compatible; not, is it a good idea— but, do I really and truly love this person? Would I give them half of my paycheck, the last bite, my car or…a kidney? Is it that kind of love?

If the answer is yes then you’re already more than halfway there. Real love is motivation for growth and understanding and compassion. Real love drives us to be better people who rise above petty difficulties and fleeting emotions. People who do whatever it takes to nurture what we hold dear, kidney donation or not.

2. Are both my life and my partner’s life better because of our relationship?

Sit back, put your feet up, close your eyes, imagine your life without your beloved and ask yourself: How would I live without this person? How would I feel? How would I spend my time? Would I feel full? Would I feel empty? Would I sleep well or would I lie awake longing?

Who would I confide in? Who would I spend my time with? Who would lift me up when I am down? Who would be my rock? Is my love my best friend? What would I do on Saturday night or Tuesday afternoon or everyday for the rest of my life if this person disappeared from my world?

A thousand questions could follow and we should be mindful of how we would answer them but not get too caught up in the details. We need to keep it simple. We need to put aside all secondary emotions like envy, put aside fear and attachment and know that no matter what happens we will survive. With a pure, courageous, open heart we need to ask the simple question: How would my life be without this person I call my love?

I’m not suggesting that we settle for an unhealthy relationship, nor am I suggesting that there is necessarily only one one. I am saying that we complicate things with mountains of questions which can create doubt and confusion. Sometimes the answer is obvious if we simplify. If we can take a step back and answer these two questions honestly and fearlessly I believe the answer as to whether we should be with our chosen one, or not, will be obvious. If we really and truly-give-up-a-kidney-kind of love our partner and we recognize that our lives are better as a team then with a little attention and a lot of commitment everything else will fall into place.


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Morgan Leigh Feb 20, 2016 3:33pm

Thank you! Great article.

Gia Mar 1, 2015 12:12am

I just want to say thank you.
This was a beautiful read and I love that everything is much simpler than we humans make it out to be. So thank you for that reminder too! 🙂

La Sirena Jan 29, 2015 8:08pm

Abhaya, it seems you haven't found your one. There is no co-dependency involved, just overwhelming, mind blowing love when you find the right person, and you wouldn't think twice if you could make their life better or ensure their survival, like that of the love between parents and children. I have known both of those loves, that of 'the one' and that of being a parent, and they are basically the same thing. I have also been in co-dependent relationships that seen later with the experience of this love I have now, had absolutely nothing to do with love. You will just know instinctively and not need to question when it happens, and if it is equal on both sides, you can and will fight for your relationship no matter what bumps along the road arise.

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Kimby Maxson

Kimby Maxson is a former midwife, current massage therapist-yoga teacher-writer-dancer-mother-survivor who is constantly in the process of reinvention. She lives in Eugene, Oregon and spends as much time as possible playing, sleeping and exploring outdoors in the great Northwest. She believes that her cup is always half full and hopes one day to travel the world on the back of an iron horse.