If you’re anything like me, you’re the type of person to never have half-ass relationships and friendships. Meaning, you’re always putting in 110% rather than 100%.
Sometimes, having this type of characteristic can be good. Sometimes it can be bad. I’m sure we’ve all experienced both the good, and the bad.
For me, I have experienced more good than bad; solely because I’ve learned to love from a distance.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering…What does it mean to love from a distance?
I wish I had a solid definition for you, but unfortunately, I don’t. Loving from a distance is different for everyone because everyone’s perception of love is different. However, I’ll share what I believe loving from a distance means.
Loving from a distance:
1. Not always being there, physically. Sometimes, people just need time to themselves to resolve an issue.
2. Leaving the door open, just not wide open.
3. Being able to keep the relationship/friendship alive without everyday communication.
4. Maintain a loving relationship/friendship with strong boundaries.
5. Keeping your heart open, but not on your sleeve.
Applying these to my relationships and friendships, has allowed me to keep life-long friends & even family. We obviously cannot disown our family, but we do have the ability to set boundaries.
So, the next time you’re in a sticky situation with your significant other, or friend, take a step back and let them know that you love them – but you’re going to give them time to themselves.
Reassure them that this doesn’t mean you love them any less, but you love them enough to know when it’s time to give them space.