I can’t make you love me.

Dear Mom, Dad,  Significant Other,  Children, and/or Dear Friend,

This is for you, because you’re a big part of my life,
and because I realized something:

I can’t make you love me.
Not that you don’t love me. I just can’t make you.

Believe me, I’ve tried.

I can make the bed, make us dinner, make you laugh.
But I can’t make you love me.

I’ve done nice things for you. I’ve looked out for you. I’ve even forgiven you when you let me down.
But I can’t make you love me.

I’ve manipulated you, bribed you, flat out lied to you.
But I can’t make you love me.

I’ve pretended not to notice. I’ve played hard to get. I’ve given you space.
But I can’t make you love me.

I’ve cried myself to sleep. Pleaded out of desperation. Lost myself in the attempt.
But I can’t make you love me.

I’ve lost my cool. Bit your head off. Yelled and screamed.
But I can’t make you love me.

I’ve learned the hard way that love doesn’t work like that.
The truth is, I really can’t make you love me.

Even Jesus, climbing on a cross, knew the truth.
You can’t choose who loves you,
Only who you love.

So here’s a choice I’ve made, no strings attached,
and it warms my heart to say it:

I Love You.

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Have a great week!

Mitch

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