I don’t know why we can’t keep things on an even keel. Yesterday, driving to work, I realized, I don’t want to take the place of his ex. I want my own new, and unique place in his heart. I don’t want the feeling he has for her, I want my own account full of his love and passion.
When you love someone, do you ever really stop? Do you have to “get over” them? Or do you just have to forgive, do you just have to accept that the past will always be what it is, and move on? I love my exes. Not the way I once loved them, because time and events temper that, but I could never say I didn’t love them. Even at the height of my contentious divorce, I wished no ill will on my ex, I wished he’d find a way to be happy. I remember thinking, when things were ugly, why is he doing this to me? I love him. Then at some point, I realized the dark and ugly place he was living in, in his own mind, devoid of any human love or caring. My heart aches for that and still does.
My heart aches for the pain S has endured with his ex. I don’t know, and don’t really want to know, the whole story. I know he loved her and something went wrong. Now is the time for forgiveness, for her part in the pain, for his own. And then to move on. He never has to stop loving her, she earned her place in his heart.
Now there is another woman, who wants to walk out of that darkness with him, and find reasons for living, loving, gratitude and allowing grace to fill both our lives. I hope I am given my own special place in that heart of his, that he opens it to a possibility at least.
We are given an endless capacity to love, which become greater as we give the love away. There’s a Neil Young song, Come A Time, where he says, “We were right, we were giving, that’s how we kept what we gave away.” Ah, yes Neil, that’s how you keep it and get more. One of my favorite Neil Young songs.
I know loving is scary. But honestly, isn’t NOT loving, ever again in your life, scarier? Never feeling that warmth, compassion, that joy, that contentment, that pleasure, that comes with loving, isn’t it scarier to think of living without that? Life is for living. Life with love is like dying before you take your last breath.