There is no return phone call.
With so many reactions to the above scenario, the most prevalent seems to be anger and or depression. The infatuated person now deems the object of their affection as selfish, stuck up, a jerk, frigid, a good for nothing, and on and on.
Whether any of the above things are true or not, the rejected person soothes their bruised ego by casting stones at the other. Normal, perhaps, but is self esteem that is attained at the cost of another true self esteem?
So, if anger isn't the appropriate response, what is?
I wasn't always sure of the answer to the latter question myself.
I suffered numerous missteps in dating, and subsequently, dating became a nightmare for me. Either guys were just trying to bed me on the first date, or the ones I really liked weren't interested. Walking this romance minefield I felt dejected and rejected.
Then I came across an article by an Indian Guru about the nature of anger. He said anger stemmed from the idea that things are supposed to go a certain way. This realistic and unfair expectation causes us to become angry. Entering any given scenario with the idea of what is supposed to happen can cause a let down that can be tremendous.
However, if you remove any hint of expectation than something miraculous happens, you simply enjoy the time you spend whether it will be the last time you see the person or the second...you are in the moment and the moment can be sweet and divine in and of itself.
When I discovered this little gem of having no expectations as to the outcome of a date, I relaxed. And because I relaxed, I actually had more fun on my dates. I wasn't worried about the impression I was giving so much as simply enjoying my time with this new person.
To my surprise, I got more return phone calls. Men saw a confident, self assured woman, the hint of desperation to please and be liked was no longer there. In fact, even though some of the potential romances fizzled, I was able to maintain a polite acquaintance with the guys, of whom I gained a wealth of knowledge on the male perspective in dating.
Was I never disappointed? Heck no, I wouldn't be human if I said that there were certain times I would have loved a better outcome--but I didn't harbor anger or bitterness, I just relished the time I had in the presence of a wonderful human being.
Long and the short or it--I found the man of my dreams, and here I am, happily married with a beautiful daughter.
Anyone can have happiness, but here are the tricks:
1. Know what you want, but don't impose it on your date.
2. Have fun! Don't put pressure on the situation - dating is not "do or die".
3. If you don't get a return phone call, don't sweat it.
4. Don't hold high expectations that later may lead to disappointment.
A first date is not marriage--it is a date--the person has a right to see other people and explore their options. If it turns out to be you, great. If not, move on. Dwelling robs you of the time to meet the one who is best for you!
There is too much anger in the rejection aspect of dating, but if we step back and evaluate why we are angry it shows that this reaction is a little silly. The anger does not reward you, it only detracts. While the other person has moved on without a backward glance, there you are all bent out of shape and poisoning yourself with bitterness.
We cannot control outcomes, we can only handle our reactions, and once we learn how to do that with grace and dignity, our lives are much fuller.