Clues that it’s time to Let the one you Love Go.

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“One form of loving is when you just want the best for someone, whether that includes you or not.” ~ Unknown

When we love someone, our attachment to them is huge. Being in love and feeling someone’s love in return is as intoxicating as a warm summer day on a secluded exotic beach.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have loved and been loved many times in my lifetime. Each love was different, filled with different degrees of affection, different levels of intimacy, different kinds and depths of love.

Some of those loves were easy to let go of. There was a gradual ending to the relationship. Or a mutual understanding that our paths were now meant to go in different directions. And as hard as it may have been to say goodbye to someone I had shared so much with, it never felt like the ripping out of my heart like others that were to come later down the line.

I hold space and coach a lot of people who are in relationships they just can’t let go of. As the outside observer, it is much easier for me to see that the dynamic between the two people is no longer healthy, or that they have just become two different people and need to part ways in the most loving way possible.

I have watched people hold on so tight to someone who is no longer serving them that they strangle what little life is life out of it.

We are not practicing love when we see the other person clearly wants to go and we are holding them prisoner, guilting them into staying or finding reasons we have to force them to make it work.

Sometimes we have so much invested in the relationship—years, money, belongings and a home together, mutual friends, children—that to just give up on it seems foolish. Hasty. Irresponsible. And in our hearts, not emotionally possible.

But when the person has told you or shown you in so many ways that their heart no longer resides with you, wouldn’t the most loving thing that you could do for yourself and for that person be to let them go?

Do you not feel you deserve better? Do you not deserve to be with somebody who is “all in?”

It is incredibly difficult to decide the moment when you give up and let go. Only your heart knows the answer. But here are some clues that helped me when I had to do it:

1) Are you holding onto the relationship because of fear? Fear of being alone? Fear of financial insecurity? Fear that you will never find somebody else to love you again? If so, it’s time to let it go. Fear is not a reason to stay in a relationship.

2) Are you holding on because you feel that person “owes you?” You gave up so much of your life to them. You gave them children. You supported them financially when they were going through a difficult time. So they owe you. They can’t just walk away!

Nobody owes us anything. We owe it to ourselves to love ourselves enough to walk away from someone who can no longer love us the way we deserve to be loved.

3) Is the person fighting as hard as you are to hold the relationship together? Don’t listen to what they say. Look at what they do. You know when somebody is fighting hard for you and the relationship. It takes two people to make a relationship work or to create something better.

4) Are you your best self with this person? Not when things were good. Now. Are you your best self now with them?

And are they their best selves with you? If you are bringing out the worst in each other—anger, resentment, jealousy, insecurity—the answer is probably no.

5) Can you honestly say that you are the best person for your partner? Or is it possible that there is somebody else out there who may be a better fit for them because of who they have become over the years?

Sometimes people outgrow us. Or they want different things. There is a point where we have to get honest with ourselves and accept that we may no longer be the right partner anymore for the person we love.

There was a man I once loved very much. He made it clear that although he loved me, he was no longer in love with me. He was in love with somebody else. So I let him go. It sucked. It was painful and heart-wrenching and made me feel that I was not enough in so many ways.

But I realized later that true love is letting someone go when it’s time.

And true self-love is creating the space to let somebody else in who can love me like I deserve.

 

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I do not Love You Enough to Let You Go.

 

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Author: Dina Strada

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anonymous Feb 17, 2016 4:20pm

None of the reasons given were "because I made a solemn oath to 'love, honor, and cherish…for better or worse … until death us do part'"

I don't make promises lightly and I take such an oath literally and very seriously. I didn't know she was having affairs. I knew she was unhappy but she never said ANYTHING about what I could do to make it better, even though I asked. Even when it had gone on for a long time and I asked if she wanted a divorce, she said "I don't know."

The fact of the matter is, I make my promises deadly seriously. I never break my word if I can help it, short of being hospitalized or dead. At the time we were married, I was already a Viet Nam veteran, so I KNOW what "better or worse" means. I also know what "love" means. I detest the idea of throw-away relationships. I detest the idea of throw-away promises. I believe in integrity. I believe in honesty. I believe in love.

Where the fuck does an asshole like me find a woman who shares my beliefs?

anonymous Feb 16, 2016 7:20am

I’m glad I read this. I was, am guilty of doing 1 and 3 was there for a long time; just felt she wasn’t fighting as hard as me or at all, but I still ignored it and tried to fight for the relationship.
I starting realizing this is not healthy, if someone is not all in the best thing for you and your heart is to let them go. It’s hard as hell, but you have to fight through it.

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Dina Strada

Dina Strada is an LA based Event Planner, author and Intuitive Coach specializing in relationships and empowering women.  

A former featured author and top writer for elephant journal, her work has also appeared in multiple online publications including Huff Post, Thought Catalogue, Elite Daily, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Medium, Chopra, Simply Women, Rebelle Society, Tiny Buddha and Thrive Global.  Download her FREE GUIDE on Breaking Unhealthy Relationship Patterns, subscribe to receive weekly relationship tips on her website , or stalk her on Facebook and Instagram