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Newly single and happy to stay that way...Mythbusted! by Readers' Responses.

GREAT feedback!  I'll leave it to the readers who've blasted right through the crossroad, tested every myth and exploded something for the sheer exhilaration of it!

While the pursuit of a long-term relationship is foremost for some, other proof is in the putting.  A whole lot of you put your feelings on the line for this one.  And the results were a terrific contribution to conflict resolution confidence!

We'd discussed the process of fulfilling a relationship with oneself and while it can indeed present an attractive 'you' to others, many readers are emphasizing there's more to it than that!  Their independence has unwrapped the glorious gift of sense of self.

Some points were very pragmatic:

  • When the time sensitive issue of having children had been factored out, several readers found less pull to "mate for life".
  • Provided the opportunity, many began to resume old interests and new!  Without negotiation of compromise.
  • Others, while still open to a long-term relationship, no longer considered commitment an inherent part.
  • And the bonds of matrimony were mentioned with the emphasis on 'bonds' or as a flawed concept out of the box.

All in all, responses revealed a common discovery.  Leaving the window open to meet new people, in particular those who've been filtered through mutual friendships, is still an option.  But many responding readers boldly engage in the travels, hobbies and pursuit of passions that relationships can confine (another reverberating Single Fact!)

With so many having run the stop sign at the crossroads, we'll bid a fare "Keep on Truckin'!"  And please continue to askmarynow@sbcglobal.net  "Conflict? What conflict?"  If it's not broken, don't fix it!

THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS ARTICLE AND FOR BEING PART OF THE 2010 RESOLUTION!

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