A tried and true and much used method of getting over a man, is to fall in love with another. There are a few drawbacks to this strategy, however. First, there seems to be a chronic shortage of men around with whom one is likely to fall in love. Also, even assuming a plentiful supply of easily lovable men, it’s not everyone who can fall in love on demand. Most importantly, more times than not, if you are able to transfer your love right away from man #1 to man #2, the relationship with man #2 is probably nothing more than a rebound relationship and doomed to fail. The rebound with man #2 might not even last long enough to get you over man #1. The rebound might even backfire, and, instead of getting you over man #1, make man #1 look better than ever by comparison.
A different, more promising, approach to getting over a lost love was suggested to me twice last month by two different friends. One friend had just broken up with her guy and was living out her advice to me in real time. The other friend has been waiting , alternately with and without much hope, for years and years to be noticed by the man she loves. She has great familiarity with the “how to get over him” process. Their advice: pray about it. Ask God to help you to get over him. Ask for help in letting go of someone whom God has already said no about for you. This is a very sound strategy. The only trouble with this strategy is that, in actual practice, it turns out that praying such a prayer, and believing God to do it, is quite difficult. Believing God to help us to yield to His will and to stop loving, when the Spirit that lives inside of us is Love Itself, is not only quite difficult, but, now that I think of it, quite possibly irrational.
As good as it might be to fall in love with another man, that can only happen when it happens. As right as it might be to pray to get over loving the one our heart loves, I haven’t, personally, been able to wholeheartedly pray that prayer yet. When it comes to my feelings for WB, my head prays to be over him, but my heart loves on. And this is how it is:
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
1 Corinthians 13:7-8 (AMP)
I am inclined to believe that, though there is room in my heart for me to love others, there will never be a time when my heart does not love WB. I have loved him, I do love him, I will love him. Resistance is futile and I surrender. That is my strategy. The only problem with this strategy is that it requires learning how to experience and to express an irrepressible love in ways that are healthy. Like, instead of thoughts of him leading to obsession over him, thinking of him might lead to praying for him (and not “Me and Him”!). For me, love has to stop being an internalized, self-focused, perplexing and frustrating place. Love has to be free to be loving, even and especially towards the one whose love I am denied. This is God’s way of loving us, no?