Love Hurts

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Amber didn’t know why she was so shocked that it had happened once again, under almost identical circumstances, with the same person; everyone else seemed to get it but her friend, Mae. 

She was beginning to think that this vow to go the distance might well be the wrong decision, because how many times do you explain to a friend that what they were doing was so hurtful, and so destructive to the friendship?

Either they care, or they don’t; perhaps they simply can’t…or your own expectations are, in fact, hurtful to them. That last thought hit her like a bomb drop: her rigid expectation that Mae be “better”, to be different than who she truly was, caused its own critical damage.

Amber rocked back in her chair, flushed with shame, and started the painful journey of detaching from her desire to get what she needed from Mae.

It was the most loving thing she could do.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2020)

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17 thoughts on “Love Hurts

  1. very thought-provoking Six (and, inspiring some very interesting comments)*

    Makes me think of the old saying, ‘Desire is the root of all suffering’

    *double compliment

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  2. And the most practical thing to do! To realize her expectations come from her perspective, her personal reality and that Mae may not share in that same perspective. Kind of takes the burden off Amber, wouldn’t you say?

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