I’m sure that at some point in your life you’ve extended an olive branch to someone you’ve been at wit’s end with. I’d even go as far as to say that most of us have even extended an olive branch on numerous occasions in hopes that someone would finally change. This definitely describes me and my nature. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that in dealing with certain people there has to be a point where you stop extending an olive branch and focus on people and relationships that benefit your life.
While you hope with every branch you extend that it will finally be accepted and things will change, you have to come to realize that it just might not. There’s nothing wrong with moving on; it’s probably in your best interest to do so. Who knows, maybe one day that person will realize their mistake(s) and will extend an olive branch to you. However, if you’ve tried to be the bigger person and got nowhere, you owe it to yourself to shift your focus.
In fact, the rejection you received could be a blessing in disguise. All of that time and energy that you put into someone who didn’t deserve it could be shifted to people who do. In turn that shift of time and energy could strengthen a relationship that could provide more substance and meaning to your life.
These types of things are always easier said than done and I can attest to that. No one wants to give up on someone or a relationship, but you have to realize that some things just aren’t meant to be. Once you realize that, the person no longer has control; you do.