Sunday, December 14, 2003

How to tell Someone You Love Them...

A question came from the feedback form on one of the Web sites in which I am involved. "How do you tell a girl how much you love her?" I don't often answer such questions personally, there are people more qualified than I to handle them, but before I knew it, I had written a long answer.

Looking back over my response, I realized it could have broader implications, so I decided to share it with you...

How do you tell a girl how much you love her?
You don't.
You show her.
You be her friend.
You be there for her when she needs someone to talk to.
You cry with her when she is sad, and
you are happy for her when she succeeds at something,
even if - no, make that ESPECIALLY if -
she does that thing better than you do.
And you do all you can to see that she succeeds at things often.
You give her what she needs, when she needs it, emotionally I mean, not "things."
And if you do really love her, not just think she is hot, or are infatuated with her,
you will do all this expecting nothing in return. And I mean NOTHING.
If you expect anything from her, you do not love her,
you just want to be loved by her.
Everyone wants to be loved, but to be loved, you must love.
If you do these things well, one day she will come to you and
confide in you about something she feels badly about, because,
if you do these things well enough for long enough,
it will be you she will want to confide in.
When she does, you make sure she knows that it matters to you that this bothers her.
If you have advice for her, save it until you are sure she knows you care, and
that her feelings matter very much to you.
Once you are sure of this, you may offer your advice, but
know that the caring is more important than your idea of how the problem might be "fixed."
Loving her is not admiring the way she looks or anything else about her.
These may be among the reasons you are attracted to her, but
they are not acts of loving.
Loving her is a series of actions, things you do for her, for no other reason than you love her.
Loving her is not wanting her to give you attention, or to give you anything for that matter.
Loving her is wanting to give, not get.
That is how you love someone.
You give to them all you can give and expect nothing back.
Once you have done these things well enough for long enough, and
her eyes tell you she longs to hear you tell her,
then you will have earned the right to tell her how much you love her.

Aww, pretty mushy but nice...

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It is always refreshing to know what is in your mind. Thanks!