Katie, a client of mine, recently said to me, Everyone said Rick is perfect for me. We look good together, we have similar interests and backgrounds, we are the same religion, we are equal educationally, and he is a really sweet guy. I kept thinking that if I just gave it time, I would feel the connection. But it never happened. I felt so badly breaking up with him because there is nothing wrong with him, but the connection just isnt there.Is it anyones fault that the chemistry or connection isnt there? Of course not! There is nothing wrong with either Katie or Rick. The connection just isnt there for Katie. She couldnt make it be there. She ended up saying to Rick, You are a really terrific guy. I wish I felt the connection with you that I want to have with a partner, but I dont. Its not your fault its just not there.
Whether or not Rick felt hurt by this is really up to him. Katie cant take responsibility for how he feels. If Rick has the belief system that not everyone will feel connected with everyone, he will not feel hurt. If he has the belief system that if a woman doesnt connect with him, there is something wrong with him, he will feel hurt. His hurt will come from his belief system, not from the fact that Katie broke up with him.Ending a relationship gracefully means speaking our truth without blame or judgment and not taking responsibility for anothers feelings. Randi, another one of my clients, recently told me that she was able to tell the truth rather than give herself up to avoid hurting someone. A friend had introduced her to Barb, thinking that Randi and Barb had a lot in common and could be good friends. Randi got together with Barb and felt no connection. In fact, she felt the opposite.
While Randi felt that Barb was a sweet person, she also felt Barbs energy pulling on her in various ways. While some people might not mind needy energy, or even find it endearing, Randi didnt like it at all. She was pleased with herself because she was able to tell Barb that she just didnt feel a connection with her. Randi was able to let go of taking responsibility for Barbs feelings if Barb felt hurt by this.Is there always a way of breaking up or saying no to a relationship without someone getting hurt? No. But by gently speaking your truth, you can gracefully end a relationship, and if you accept that anothers feelings come from his or her belief system, then you wont feel guilty if the other person feels hurt.