A friend recently told me that people are more comfortable with bullshit; that reality scares most folks far too much. It’s easier to accept hollow expectations because less action is required. Perhaps that’s a definition for laziness?
Find someone who is willing to participate in your grand gesture. No longer will the eventual letdown be the expected. But that’s the trick, isn’t it? Knowing when to believe you’re not caught up in the cycle again.
Sometimes admiring from afar after making feelings known is how it is done. Let them make a move; after all, we take turns in chess, do we not? Perhaps this is a definition for patience.
And perhaps all of this calm reflection is what the hardening of a heart looks like.