My friend Terry Hernon MacDonald has a very insightful post on her blog about a relationship situation with a widower. Terry, who wrote the ebook How to Attract and Marry the Man of Your Dreams explains to the woman of 47 who requested help that instead of rushing things forward with the widower, it might be wiser to take a deep breath and relax. I agree whole-heartedly.
When confusing behavior crops up in a relationship, many people often do whatever they can to make things right again. Hey that’s human nature. And it demonstrates good problem-solving skills. We want the man (or woman)back and things to return to "normal."
But at times, in our fix-it zeal, we overlook the deeper issue. In this case, the widower asked this woman to marry him just 10 months after his wife passed. Not surprising really that he backed off and decided he wasn’t ready. When did he have time for any healing?
And unfortunately he might be torn between deep feelings for her, and grief for his deceased wife. That’s a tough one. But rushing him, forcing the issue, surprising him with a visit or delivering an ultimatum won’t get her where she wants to be. Most likely it’s a recipe for disaster.
There are definitely times when an ultimatum can be the card you want to play. But before you deliver one, know this: If you tell your partner, "This needs to happen or I walk", you better have on sensible shoes. Because if nothing changes – what’s left? You’ll need to step away to save face. So if you plan to force a point, be sure you really mean it.
To read the entire answer which is worth the trip, visit Terry’s blog.