Yes I Love You… BUT I Don’t Need You

I had a question and I realized as frustrating as this for me, there are others wrestling with this same struggle.  I would love for you to answer as well as post the question on your site.  The question is….

How do you show (not tell) someone that they are deeply loved and show (not tell) them that you are capable of being happy without them….simultaneously?

I’m talking about in a relationship where there was a break up that resulted in me putting him out (we were living together)and after 8 months of separation (in title mostly, we never stopped seeing each other), we finally stopped arguing, I finally stopped complaining and we’ve started saying “I love you”  and “I miss you” again, spending QUALITY time and have decided to make an effort to build a real friendship.  The most important thing is that he’s opened up again and shares so much more with me now, the way he used to.

BUT, we both hurt each other in the break up (both of our fault, no cheating) and we’ve been mean to each other off and on since then, until about a month ago.  But ALL that hurt is still present and governing both of our actions at times(more his than mine).  God has restored my fearlessness in love so “I’s free!”

I know that everyone desires to be loved, and loved according to what love means to them (I read the 5 love languages years ago and reread it with him, which was confirmation for my thoughts about love).  I know that he wants and enjoys receiving the love he wants and needs from me and every day I give it to him.  I want him to feel loved.  But there are days when his hurt and fear (and sometimes anger, i think he tries to punish me or put me through his own personal fire for hurting him) keep him from giving love back and be selfish.  It doesn’t hurt me, because I know and understand what it is.  Months ago I tried to apologize for hurting him and talk about how I know I hurt him, he got upset, to tears and said he wasn’t hurt and didn’t ever want to talk about it again.  It’s frustrating because I don’t know how to get us past this point into where we both ultimately desire to be.

Most of the time I feel like the solution is to  just keep loving him the way God tells me to and the hurt will go away.  Well, the problem with is that his love language is “words of affirmation” and “ acts of service”.  These are things that are to be done very often, daily even.  (cooking sometimes, complimenting, encouraging, edifying, etc) Lol…I keep his love tank full.  This is a real man I’m speaking of, one deserving of honor and respect.  But you take any person dealing with hurt, and you get actions and words – based in or stifled by fear.  So even though he receives and enjoys this love, fear can make him take this as I’m trying to fool him so I can hurt him again, win him back so I can have the upper hand, or get my way.  Which brings me to solution number two and the cause for my question…..

At other times (very rare) I feel like the solution is to cut him off, put some distance between us, a silence to his connection to me.  Since we broke up, we’ve never actually been without each other for more than a week.  I don’t think he’s ever had to consider what life would be like without me and who I am to his life and purpose, daily and forever (according to what God has shared and confirmed with us both).  I’ve fallen in and out of love with him.   I love him now because CHOOSE to love him.  But I think he believes that I’m just so in love him that I can’t help it,  and I can’t be without him.  That should be a good thing, but fear makes it negative.  At times I think that he takes my love (I know ya’ll know love is a verb) for granted and that the love I give him (according to his love languages) becomes fuel for his complacency.   The detriment to this solution is the risk of hurting him all over again and him feeling unloved by me.  Just when he starts to open up again, feeling a little more secure and starts to enjoy us more…here I go being unpredictable and doing something that he thought I’d never do.

So, having said all of that…… How do you show (not tell) someone that they are deeply loved and show (not tell) them that you are capable of being happy without them….simultaneously?

8 replies
  1. Kells38
    Kells38 says:

    She says alot about what she gives him, but what does she receive from him? That was the problem with my last relationship..I felt like I gave ALL I had to give, but he seemed to not want/try to understand what I needed. I truly believed he loved me, but he just couldn’t express it. I just couldn’t live with that, it may have had something to do with his upbringing, but he never wanted to discuss that either

  2. Brooke
    Brooke says:

    Being committed to the relationship is key and that was a huge piece of wisdom here. What struck me was how she came to this idea of "I love you, but I can be happy without you." It didn't seem like a natural progression to the story. It seemed like it could be her mantra or her affirmation. We carry phrases with us that are born out of healthiness or unhealthiness, and work hard to make those statements true. It seems that this woman may be working from a space of the phrase that she has been carrying. It's time to evaluate where this statement comes from and why it's so important to you. My guess is that it is steeped in abandonment issues and distrust.
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  3. Denise
    Denise says:

    I think you both hit the nail on the head. You don't love someone for what their reaction is. You love them just to love them, no strings attached.

    I'm jive confused about why she feels she needs to send the message that she can get along fine without him, because what is the point of sharing that information (verbally or non-verbally) unless you plan to act on it? Don't even throw that energy out if you truly are committed to this relationship for the long haul. Being able to exist without another person is an attribute of plain old competence. It should go without saying. But if you're committed to the relationship, let your focus be on what YOU can do to make it successful.

  4. I Love To Scrub
    I Love To Scrub says:

    well said!

    The Mrs just made me sit up and take note at aroud 5:16? – 5:50. This came right on time for me!

  5. xox tamisha
    xox tamisha says:

    I have to totally agree with the Mrs. You said it best that she is depending on her man's response and I think that is the problem with a lot of women today. We don't really know how to love and be committed to our partner because we are always on edge about what they? may say or do to us that we react on their actions. Very well put.

  6. alansjf33
    alansjf33 says:

    Don't men by nature need to feel needed. Modern woman push men away by telling us that we are not needed. Why don't people tell woman? that?

  7. christeleq22
    christeleq22 says:

    Wow I love u guys and the wisdom is amazing? u got me pushing! God is definitely smiling on you two!!!

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