Meeting Halfway Isn't Enough

Compromise. Meet me halfway. It sounds good in the abstract, but we have to be prepared to go a lot further because we have different understandings of the stakes. My halfway might be your 25% or 75%. And it's not just because I'm stubborn, scared, or unrealistic. I might know something that you don't or vice versa, or there might be information that neither of us knows. 

Meeting halfway in a transaction is one thing; meeting halfway in a relationship is another. Going 75% in a relationship might seem like over-reaching or trying too hard. Where is the boundary between persistence and harassment, patience and impatience, too little and too much? The harsh reality is that it depends–on me and you. There's no secret formula. The best I can do is know who I am, what I want, and need, and communicate clearly with you. 

After that, it's up to you.