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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tough Love?

Love’s a tough critter. One of the toughest. Love can survive all manner of illness, dire financial hardship, mishaps, missteps, misery, distance, time and death itself.

Impressive. Awe-inspiring.

It would seem that Love can endure and survive anything. Not quite.

It can’t survive neglect or lack of respect.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contempt, abuse, self-absorption - actually there are many things love can't survive!

Wed Feb 11, 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Contempt, abuse and self-absorption...aren't these indicative of a lack of respect and/or neglect?

Wed Feb 11, 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen many relationships feel due to lack of respect. It really is something that will tear love apart.

Thu Feb 12, 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree its a basic denominator, respect, and those others are tangents, neglect or misplaced emotions or pathologies are not even on the menu if respect is there. the kind of respect that is humbling (without needing the sacrifice of ones own integrity ie the real thing

Thu Feb 12, 05:02:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Neglect is the one with which I've had most experience... and it's a killer every time.

Thu Feb 12, 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger Woman in a Window said...

love is a tentative yearling, can't survive a truck either.

Fri Feb 13, 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

How true.

Fri Feb 13, 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the withdrawal of projection? Love often doesn't survive that either.

Sat Feb 14, 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Jonas!!!

Sat Feb 14, 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, it is always neglect...not just towards the other, but within, or of basic self as well.

Sun Feb 15, 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I've been mulling these comments for many days, now. Thank you for sharing.

"...the kind of respect that is humbling..." - Humility is vastly underrated. It is essential.

"Love is a tentative yearling" - Gotta love a peripatetic mind!

"...withdrawal of projection..." - I wonder. If love is founded on projections is it ever real/authentic?

Thanks for dropping in RWK! Your comment sent me reeling like a whap upside the head. Self-neglect. Yes. It's a killer. I've neglected/abused myself for far too long. Thank you for the wake-up call.

From the comic, Christopher Titus: "I lost 28 pounds during my divorce. Yeah. That's how much my soul weighed."

And a belated Happy Valentine's Day hug for all!

Wed Feb 18, 07:16:00 AM  

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