Dear Dr. Solution,
Years of trying and numerous counseling sessions have not been able to teach us to speak the same language and understand what the other one is trying to say. If we attempt to have a serious talk about something, one of us usually gets offended where no offense was intended and the conversation goes downhill from there. Soon we’re having another nasty scene filled with tears, tempers, and slamming doors. I don’t believe it’s possible to maintain a healthy relationship without productive interchanges and a certain amount of intimate rapport. Unfortunately, we have proven many times that neither one of us can contribute either one of these peace-making abilities or anything else that is needed to live in peace and harmony.
Doc, please let me know if there is anything else you think we can try. I think it’s commendable that we have both stuck it out as long as we have, but neither one of us is happy or satisfied in this relationship on any level, and it should be clear to both of us by now that we never will be. Let’s part now while we can still leave on reasonably good terms and wish each other well, except you have a suggestion for us. I certainly wish him better luck in choosing his next love. I’m sorry I wasn’t the right one.
I propose we make a pact to meet one year from today. Let’s see if each of us is happier at that point than we are now–it could be a real eye opener.