It’s so easy to mistake that desire for acknowledgement as love. Wanting to hear that reliable voice in the morning when you wake. The kind words and gentle compliments that you deserve. Their absence in your past has got you mixing up flattery with friendship. This narrow minded idea has you believing that those who say nice things must love you deeply. It’s poison. The taste is sweet or new to you and yet the damage is permanent. Love is not absent, it is very much present in many different ways and forms. However, it is important that it’s not mixed with the concept of love because if it is then even your own mind can play your heart’s strings to make believe a failed relationship will work eventually.