Sigmund Freud stated,
“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”
I’ve all the time been profitable in my work life, however my love life has been a problem. I had my first job once I was eight years previous. I acknowledged that everybody I knew despatched out Christmas or vacation playing cards in December and I figured that I might make some cash promoting playing cards to my neighbors. I discovered an organization that despatched me a e-book of pattern playing cards that individuals might select from, fill within the customized greeting they needed, and pay me for the amount of playing cards they needed. I despatched half the cash to the cardboard firm and acquired to maintain the opposite half. I made sufficient cash to purchase presents for household and mates and have slightly left over to start out the brand new yr off proper.
That led to greater and higher jobs, first as a paperboy and later I discovered that I might generate profits shopping for and promoting cash. At age 9 I took the bus from our residence within the San Fernando Valley into Hollywood to go to coin reveals. After I discovered that coin sellers on the reveals acquired a reduction shopping for cash from different sellers, I had enterprise playing cards printed. “Jed Diamond, Vendor in Uncommon Cash” and demanded my seller low cost once I attended the following coin present.
I might go on and on about my enterprise ventures together with changing into a profitable marriage and household therapist and writer of seventeen books on numerous points of relationship well being together with worldwide best-sellers similar to In search of Love in All of the Incorrect Locations: Overcoming Romantic and Sexual Addictions, my first extensively learn e-book that spoke to issues I had gone by way of in my private life and what I had discovered that may assist others.
In In search of Love, I stated:
Like lots of you, I did my share of on the lookout for love in all of the mistaken locations. I even developed a mathematical illustration of it. We regularly view marriage as a solution to make us entire and full. The components is ½ to ½ = 1. However I discovered that making an attempt to get one other individual to finish you truly creates a components for catastrophe: ½ x ½ = ¼.
Whenever you go to my web site you’ll see my introductory video, “Confessions of a Twice-Divorced Marriage Counselor.” I share what I went by way of with a primary marriage and couldn’t survive the stresses of elevating youngsters and making an attempt to stimulate our flagging intercourse lives by exploring the world of polyamory and open marriage. My second marriage was to a lady who slept with a gun below her pillow…”to guard myself from males,” she instructed me, ought to have been a tip off to run the opposite method. However whenever you turn out to be hooked on the frenzy of pleasure and hazard, we turn out to be like confused homing pigeons flying headlong in the wrong way and shortly crash.
The 5 Levels of Love and Why Too Many Relationships Crash at Stage 3
Slightly than observe my previous sample of going by way of the grief of an ending, burying myself in my work, ultimately getting lonely, and going out on the lookout for love once more; I attempted one thing new. I made a decision to do some critical reflecting on my love life. I discovered therapist, attended quite a few retreats on trauma, therapeutic, and the way we are able to discover actual lasting love, and took the time I wanted to type issues out.
Trying again, I understand I had taken the abilities that allowed me to achieve success at work—Studying from specialists, partaking what I discovered, getting assist, and creating a brand new method of my life—and making use of them to my love life. I’m very happy to report that “the third time was the appeal.” Carlin and I’ve been collectively for 42 fantastic years. I wrote about what we discovered in my e-book, The Enlightened Marriage: The 5 Transformative Levels of Relationships and Why the Finest is Nonetheless to Come.
All of us need actual, lasting love, whether or not we’re in our 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or past. But too many marriages crumble and most of the people don’t know why. They mistakenly imagine that they’ve chosen the mistaken associate. After going by way of the grieving course of, they begin wanting once more. However after greater than forty years as a wedding and household counselor I’ve discovered that most individuals are on the lookout for love in all of the mistaken locations. They don’t perceive that Stage 3 just isn’t the top, however the actual starting for attaining actual, lasting love:
- Stage 1: Falling In Love
- Stage 2: Turning into a Couple
- Stage 3: Disillusionment
- Stage 4: Creating Actual, Lasting Love
- Stage 5: Utilizing the Energy of Two to Change the World
Like many individuals I grew up considering that love and marriage had been straightforward and simple. You had enjoyable courting till you met that particular somebody and magically fell in love. You grew to become a pair and lived fortunately ever after. Clearly, real-life wasn’t like that. After a sure period of time, we turn out to be disillusioned with our associate and the best way we’re within the relationship, ultimately turn out to be extra distant, and ultimately issues break down.
But, it doesn’t should be that method.
A Retreat for Males Who Have Gone By means of a Breakup, However Wish to Study the Secrets and techniques of Actual Lasting Love
For years, I provided counseling for males who had gone by way of a breakup and needed to come back by way of the grieving course of with new understandings about what went mistaken and what they may do to create a greater future. I additionally endorsed ladies, however I appeared to draw many males. They had been largely over 40 and fairly profitable of their work lives however had been struggling of their love lives.
I additionally provided retreats for guys who needed to offer themselves a real reward of affection: Studying from one who has been there the secrets and techniques of making an intimate partnership that not solely lasts by way of the years however turns into higher and higher.
Then Covid came visiting our world and we couldn’t do our retreats. Now, for the primary time shortly, I can be providing a retreat for a small group of males. And I can be joined by two skilled colleagues, one male and one feminine, to offer the lads an expertise they’ve by no means had, in a lovely, and relaxed setting the place they will be taught the abilities they might want to have the connection they’ve all the time dreamed of getting.
The retreat will happen March 16-19, 2023 and can be for males who:
- Have been by way of a breakup, which might be current, or someday up to now.
- Should be going by way of the disorientation, ache, and confusion or could also be coming by way of to the opposite aspect.
- Are beginning to attain out once more or could even be in a brand new relationship.
What you may have in widespread is that you just nonetheless imagine in love, however don’t have a variety of time to waste. If this sounds such as you, drop me a word to Jed@Menalive.com and put “retreat” within the topic line. I’ll get again to you and arrange a time to speak in individual, to listen to extra about your wants, and let you know extra concerning the retreat. We’re limiting the group to 12 males so you’ll get the private consideration you deserve.
If this appears like one thing you’d love to do or if somebody who may like to affix us, please move this on. I stay up for listening to from you. If you’re considering “subsequent yr, I’m going to have the connection I want and need,” 2023 might be the yr for you.