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From TODAY, Voices
Tuesday November 11, 2008

By Dr James Dobson

I never cease to be amazed at what some people will do to get someone to love them.

I read recently of a love-struck man who began spending himself into bankruptcy in order to gain the attention of a young woman. Keith was a 35-year-old former stockbroker who became infatuated with a 20-year-old waitress named Corrine. He proposed to her on Christmas Day, and she said, “No”. So he set out to make her love him.

He began by placing a Lear jet on standby at a local airport. He sent 5,000 flowers to her house, along with a fully-equipped limousine, a gold ring, catered lobster dinners and musicians to serenade her. “I’ll ask her to marry me 50,000 times and I’ll keep trying for 10 years,” said Keith.

The problem was Corrine didn’t give a hoot about Keith and she wasn’t impressed by all those gifts either. All she wanted was for Keith to stop grovelling and leave her alone. You see, what Keith was trying to buy wasn’t for sale. He wanted her love and respect, but the more he spent, the less she respected this strange man.

Here’s a lesson for all of us about the dynamics of romantic relationships: Love grows out of mutual respect and admiration, and it thrives on confidence and strength. Those who lose their dignity in the quest for love usually wind up with neither.
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