When it comes to a choice involving love, ideally we think that love trumps everything; but the harsh reality is that it doesn’t always. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to choose between love and something else? I think it’s one of the hardest decisions to face in life.
How about when it comes to choosing between love and pride?
Here’s a true story…
A successful, young man crossed paths with a beautiful, charming young woman. They fell madly in love and quickly found themselves in the midst of a whirlwind romance. They complimented each other—he was sarcastic and funny, and she laughed at almost everything. She was less fortunate, trying to make a living while he was a rolling stone making his way to the top. He cared deeply for her and took her under his wing; before you knew it, they were happily married with three kids, living blissfully in their dream home.
Years passed by, but somewhere along the lines of her being a homemaker while he was out working, he got caught up in an extramarital affair. For some reason, no matter how much she tearfully begged, he refused to end the affair. It drove her, his wife of 16 years, to the point where she felt compelled to leave their home.
Pride will always be the longest distance between two people.
She left for 15 years (ongoing) and never looked back; all the while, his affair ended, he came to realise his grave mistakes and now carries with him a bag of regret. Even though he hasn’t seen her in over 15 years, he still refers to her as his wife and claims that she’s the only woman he will ever love. So he’s been waiting—waiting for her to come back to him, but has way too much pride to express himself, apologise to her, own up to his mistakes, and ask her for a second chance.
It proves to me that love and pride cannot coexist. You have to either swallow your pride for the person you love or lose them over your pride.
These two people happen to be…my parents.
What do you think, can love and pride coexist?
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