Chapter 1 - Love, Romance and Reality

And so ...

We've discussed 'love' as a thrilling infatuation, and how that can
mature into love as a reality-based friendship and commitment
with plenty of passion and fun. Time for your response (we don't
want to do all the talking):

  • Did any of this ring true about your relationship or others'
  • What stage do you think you're up to? (Don't beat
    yourself up about this. Try to understand it.)
  • What changes will it take to get you to resolution stage?
    How long?
  • Does your partner agree?
  • Where would you like to be in 1 year or 10 years from now?

Hopefully this gives you something to talk about. We'll leave the last
word to an ancient writer who defined love this way.

'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does
not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.'
  1 Corinthians 13:4-6, NIV