Dancers Anonymous > Explain to me this newfangled dating process!

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by love2swing, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    The dating process is probably different for different people. *shrug*
     
  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I screen for "bad" habits as well, although I prefer to call them irritating, since "bad" is a judgment I prefer not to make. A lot of "bad" habits in ones person's eyes are just quirks or characteristics in another person's eyes. 8)

    For example, although I defend their right to smoke, I'm not interested in dating smokers.

    On the other hand, I drink a couple glasses of red wine almost every day of my life. For some people, that's a deal-breaker bad habit, since they don't want to date a "drinker." "Bad" habits are in the eye of the beholder, I think. 8)

    Although I think I see where you're coming from, I do think it's fairly unrealistic to think I'll find someone with no habits that irritate me, though. Minimal irritating habits? Yeah. I guess that's a reasonable goal. :)

    You're right. The process is different for everyone. 8)

    I also think that, as relationships mature, perceptions or circumstances can sometimes change. So the same thing one thought was no problem can sometimes become a big problem. Eh.

    So, technically speaking, I guess I'm not really talking about screening or dating. Those are early in the process, before the relationship gets challenged by life. I'm talking about developing long-term relationships. In that first flush of hot-and-heavy love/lust/attraction/infatuation, hey. I can put up with anything. I think many of us can. A couple years down the road, though, I'll be honest. The unwashed dishes, tendency to "forget" to call when he's going to be late, and the middle-of-the-night snoring can be just a tad less appealing. (Just examples. No one in particular in mind. :wink: :lol: :lol: )
     
  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    8) I knew you were a red wine girl after my own heart...she says as she sips her glass of "evening prayer" 8)

    are you sleeping/living with my husband :lol: :wink: ?
     
  4. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    I'd say the same if we are using the word "irritating". What may be irriating to one person may not to another, thus again this may be a judgment. ;)

    Or it could be considered irritating.

    Ok.

    A wise observation. However, if the fundamental building blocks are already in place to resolve the issues a co-commited relationship can provide, then the relationship and the issues can be handled in a mature fashion without much hyper-focusing on the habit.

    Besides, if the habit became a big problem, then this implies that it was really a problem to begin with. ;)

    Ok, this is why people get into the relationship problems to begin with. They "put up with anything". Then when the issue rears it's ugly head during the 2nd stage of relationships and there isn't fundamental values already in place by both of the partners, and there is not a process in place to resolve these issues, a couple can never get to the 3rd stage where they can find much joy through a mature relationship, and there is know way to keep the good things alive beyond the 1st stage.

    No one needs to "put up with anything". This is a choice. A person can choose to date someone who has a strong value system similar to their's or they can choose to date someone who does not, enter the 2nd stage, and then become so entangled in that stage that they can't ever reach the joy possible in a mature 3rd stage of the relationship. Been there done that, don't want to experience it again. And if I get into a 2nd stage and I discover that there is truelly not a real co-commitment going on, that is both inidividuals are not committed to certain key values and common goals, then it is time to look elsewhere and find someone with better habits in these areas.

    Why would anyone put up with this stuff in the first stage if they are truelly interested in creating a conciously loving long term relationship?
     
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    are you serious?you would punt someone for having a tendency to forget to call? and snoring geez, short of breathe right nasal strips what' s a guy to do..plus my husband didnt start snoring until a decade in....and (tongue in cheek) if women are supposed to screen for a guy who remembers to call there are gonna be ALOT of single women out there :lol:
     
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

     
  7. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I think there is something to be said here also about the difference btwn "putting up with" and "bearing with lovingly"...obviously when we put up with too much we become a resentful doormat....when we bear with lovingly either b/c we have voiced our view once and trust the other person to do their best or b/c we have accepted that the habit/behavior is currently beyond that person's capacity to change...that IS love ...a decision to accept, unconditionally.....not to be a compromising doormat but to be a real generous expansive person who doesn't require their own personal idea of relationship perfection in order to be committed....committment is committment not a pact contingent upon ideal circumstances and not a decision to accept mediocrity b/c one doesn't want to embark upon the difficult quest of improvement as an individual or a couple......

    it seems to me these days that folks place very little value on tolerance anymore....(OMG, I sound like my grandmother)lwe want everything in a perfect package...and while it is fine to have high goals....if we don't see something as worthwhile unless/until it has evolved into our ideal...we are missing the trip...and not really improving at all b/c the big part of relationship is forgiveness and acceptance...if that is seen as settling...one is in heap big trouble (IMO)...this soap box moment is not geared, entirely at you DP...just one of my little lectures to anyone who cares to listen :oops:
     
  8. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Oh fascination! I think I love you! :friend: Agreed, agreed, and agreed. :D
     
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    and I know you are capable of it, not in spite of all of my flaws, but with them...and the same sentiments back at you...we are the mutual admiration society :together:
     
  10. Swingolder

    Swingolder New Member

    That is so well said! My dh and I, especially my dh, bears up with me lovingly ("Oh how nice, another pair of black shoes!!")
    After both of us going through long, not necessarily happy marriages, we are celebrating our 15th anniversary on Thursday. We are planning our 50th, mmm, we will both be over 90 but should be able to dance at the celebration.
     
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    well um...I didn't get that "bear with one another lovingly" thing on my own :wink: found it in a rather popular ancient text :wink:


    awesome about your anniversary...my 20th anniversary is tomorrow...I was married 2 weeks after my 20th birthday.....and it hasn't lasted b/c it has been perfect...but no one is settling or repressing either :lol:
     
  12. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I thought I recognized that. :wink: :D

    It's really amazing how those things that I learned as a little, little girl pop up when I need them. When I was little, they were just words. Now, they're a life's compass... if that makes any sense. :? When you're making decisions, the principles just seem to come back to you, when you need them. 8)

    (Gotta call Mom and Dad and say thank you. 8) :D )
     
  13. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Happy anniversary. Tomorrow is my sister's ... uh ... 31st anniversary. Wow. Coincidences. I guess I'd better call her. :D
     
  14. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I think this is a key, fascination. Wow. Has anybody ever told you that you're pretty smart? :wink: :friend:
     
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

     
  16. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Agreed and agreed. 8) :D
     
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    someone(a good friend) just loved me that way once and I saw how good it was...and it is so wonderful to be able to do that with others....suppose that sounds really sappy or something but I see it change people all the time...don't know if I mentioned that I work for hospice but I spend alot of time doing this sort of thing.....

    we are all smart at some things and not so smart at others...I think we were meant to live together as community for that very reason..we all need each other...it is a shame that we realize it less and less or only when something like a death occurs
     
  18. Swingolder

    Swingolder New Member

    And congratulations on your twentieth.
    I watch and listen as my kids and their spouses or so's pick on each other. I want to knock their heads together when they argue over something as simple as who left milk out on the counter! The "who did it"
    is so unimportant
     
  19. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    :notworth: 8) :)
     
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    and I bow to the divine in you as well
     

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