The perfect is the enemy of the good. While it is important to have standards while selecting a life partner and future parent of your children, having an overly idealistic dream will blind you to the suitable real-life humans in front of you.

Chasing ‘Happily Ever After’

It sounds so romantic: ‘Destiny’ has each of us perfectly matched with someone with whom we will form an instant rapport. All we need to do is find that special someone and bliss will surely follow. All our heartache, all our problems will be history as we lose ourselves in the rapture of each other’s love

The Soul Mate Quest has become somewhat of an obsession in our society. Singles hold out for it, Hollywood gets rich on it and disillusioned couples abandon perfectly normal marriages for it. The truth is, the soul mate quest is more fantasy than reality… and holding onto this myth will more often deliver disillusionment and pain than the promised ecstasy of perfect, unending love.

Relationships Take Work

The Soul Mate Quest implies that sustaining a successful relationship is effortless: find the right person and everlasting happiness will follow. Yet no real relationship can survive for long without active investment and conscious self-sacrifice… true love is about giving rather than getting. When a relationship inevitably gives us grief, rather than helping us to be resilient, the Soul Mate Quest numbs us to growth… “it’s not my fault” we tell ourselves, “we just chose the wrong person”.

The implication of the Soul Mate Quest is that the other person is expected to be ‘my everything’. People expect their ‘Soul Mate’ to meet their every need — to be a best friend, an ideal lover, a healer of past wounds, a dedicated cheer squad for their personal development, a companion for their every interest, their intellectual, physical, social equal in every way. It’s an impossible job description and a nightmare for anyone foolish enough to think they can fulfil it.

‘Soul Mate Believers’ are far too quick to pass over a perfectly good marriage prospect, or give up on a perfectly normal marriage, for the fallacy that there must be someone else out there who is ‘The One’. Take a reality check: put the Soul Mate fantasy aside and start living the relationships you’ve got instead of wishing on a star for something that will never satisfy anyway.


Originally published at SmartLoving. Photo by Emma Bauso from Pexels.

Published On: March 19th, 20220 CommentsTags: , ,

About the Author: Byron and Francine Pirola

Married for 25 years, with 5 children, Byron & Francine Pirola are the founders and co-authors of the SmartLoving Series – marriage enrichment and marriage preparation courses designed to help build successful and resilient marriages. International speakers and authors of numerous articles on marriage, more than 3000 couples have attended their programs, workshops and conferences in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain Byron & Francine are Executive Directors of the Marriage Resource Centre from which they run SmartLoving programs and produce digital resources. Francine graduated from Fordham University with a Masters in Religion and Religious Education. Byron is a founding partner of the strategic consulting firm, Port Jackson Partners Limited, and a Director of both listed and unlisted companies. He holds a PhD from the Commonwealth Centre for Gene Technology, Adelaide University.

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