Men and Commitment – You Told Him You Loved Him – Now What?

You’ve been dating the man long enough to know you like him. You really,

really like him. Heck, you might even love him.

So you told him.

If he responded by sweeping you in his arms and swearing his

undying passion and fidelity, congratulations.

But if his face started to twitch, and he mumbled something

like, “Hey, I thought we were taking things slow,” or worse, “I love

you, but I’m not in love with you,” you have a situation on your

hands.

Fear not. All is not lost.

Remain calm. Do not, I repeat, do not dissolve into tears (I’m

begging you here).

Look him in the eye. Manage a chuckle and say, “Wow. How embarrassing.”

He’ll probably say something like, “Hey, no problem. It’s just that

my skiing career is just taking off, and I…”

This is where you interrupt.

You say, “No. Forget I said it.”

Change the subject. Remain good-natured. Smile as naturally as you

can without it killing you.

If you’re in the middle of the evening, it’s probably not a good idea

to call it a night (unless he’s freaked out and does it himself; in

which case, give him a peck on the cheek and exit gracefully).

Again, change the subject at all costs. Talk about the weather, if

you have to. Talk about the movie you saw with him or with someone else.

Talk about the book you just read. Ask him if he’s happy with his

cheesecake.

The key is to steer the conversation into a new direction. Once you

do that, you can let him take over.

WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT DO:

Do not allow yourself to drink too much. Do not allow yourself to

interrogate him about your relationship. Don’t ask, “Remember all the

fun we had the night we went to the beach, and you said…,” or “How

can you say you want to move slowly? I’m the best thing that ever

happened to you, and you’re going to find out,” or “You love me but

you’re not in love with me? What does that even mean?”

Let it go. Your mind may be swirling with question marks, but you

must ignore them. It may kill you, but you must.

At the end of the night, tell him you had a great time. Smile. Do not ask

him to call you. Do not ask him when you’ll see him again. Give him

that friendly peck on the cheek. Smile. Thank him for a fun evening.

Turn your back and walk away.

NOW IT’S WHITE KNUCKLE TIME

Will he call again? Should you call him?

I don’t know the answer to the first question, but I do know the answer to

the second. Do not, under any circumstances, call him.

You cannot convince anybody to like you, let alone love you.

But you can give him a chance to miss you by not calling. When you

blurted out your feelings for him, you gave him a lot to think about.

Give him a chance to think about it.

Do not call him.

If he calls you, you must determine whether you’re willing to spend

time with someone who’s on the fence about your relationship.

If you decide to go for it, don’t (that’s do not) be available every

time he asks you to go out.

He will either realize how much you mean to him, or he’ll realize

that he doesn’t miss you that much at all.

Either way, you win. If he loves you, great. But if he doesn’t, that’s

okay, too. Why would you want to waste any more time with a guy who’s

not capable of giving you the love you deserve?



Source by Terry Hernon MacDonald