A few days ago when I was surfing through the internet, I ran across this marvelous quote by Jonathan Carroll, author of Outside the Dog Museum:
“You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.”
We think this is a wonderful advice for those “falling in love”. Too often, two people feel the early signs of a loving relationship only to move too fast and scare away the one they are falling in love with. Or worse yet, they become so enamored with “being in love” that they become blinded to the warning signs. They so desperately want to be in love and be loved that they miss important clues to the real feelings of the one they love.
Over the years with my friends who have had a successful and long-term relationship with somebody, I have repeatedly heard this advice- go slow in the beginning.
You’ve heard the old expression,” Rome wasn’t built in a day”. One thing for certain-neither was love. It develops over time. It requires patience. It requires self -examination. And it most certainly requires you to run slowly across fields until you find the proper footing, lest you fall down!
Building confidence in any building love relationship takes time and commitment. It requires a level of objectivity about what is going on at a level you may have never reached before. People falling in love don’t lie to each other, but they often lie to themselves about what is happening to them. They let feelings and emotions get the best of them before they are truly ready to share their heart with another- before they are ready to make the honest and caring commitment required to make love last.
Recently I read an essay entitled “Letters To My Son” by Kent Nerburn. My favorite one is excerpted below;
“Here is where many lovers go wrong. Having been so long without love, they understand love only as a need. The first blush of new love is filled to overflowing, but as their love cools, they revert to seeing their love as a need. They cease to be someone who generates love and instead become someone who seeks love. They forget that the secret of love is that it is a gift, and that it can be made to grow only by giving it away.”
The message here should be clear- love is a gift you give to someone, and if you are lucky, they give it back in return. But the real lesson here is that you need to step back and make sure that you feel good about giving your love away as a gift. And to do this takes time. It takes reflection. It requires being honest with yourself about what you are feeling and what you are giving away to another human being. Rushing to judgment about matters of such profound importance is never a wise thing to do. Giving love away take time. Accepting true love takes courage and trust along with time.