Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

It’s Broken


heart“One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do is to stop loving someone because they’ve stopped loving you.”  ~ Author Unknown

“I don’t think this is working for me.” It’s been over twenty years since I’ve heard those words spoken to me or since I have spoken them to another person. These words can leave the person on the receiving end stunned. Recently, an e-mail from a dear friend rekindled the memories of how painful a break up can be. There were some issues in the relationship, but she was caught off guard when he ended it. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, having your heart broken is a universal pain. No one is immune from a broken heart.

Break ups are difficult when you know things aren’t working out.  You sense something is off and you fear you might be one more disagreement away from the end. When you are blindsided by the other person’s decision to end the relationship, it can bring you to your knees. You search for the red flags you might have missed and look for anything you could have done wrong. You’re left longing for answers. Many times, the questions will go unanswered.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers for my friend. She is a loving and beautiful person who does not deserve the pain she is feeling. Her heart has been shattered. I want to tell her the relationship was broken and her heart will love again, that life gets better.  I want to give her a big hug, but she lives in another state, so for now, I’ll listen.

Through her tears, I’ll listen as she recounts the events of their last conversation and reminisces about their time together. Sometimes I might only hear whimpering through the phone, but I’ll keep listening because that is what friends do for each other.

Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

21 thoughts on “It’s Broken

  1. Praying for your friend, Jill. Breakups are never easy, it seems.


  2. Beautifully and poignantly written…wishing the best for your friend…


  3. I hope whatever she lost is replaced by something better, whether it’s a healthier relationship or a period of self-discovery.


  4. All the best to you and your friend. Heartache is never easy.


  5. A poignant post; my prayers are with your friend.


  6. Break up are hard for both sides regardless of whose FAULT it is. When this happens, and it seems to happen with greater frequency it’s about the support you can give, as a friend. To tell them you love them and are there when needed is the most important thing.


  7. Break ups are hard but great new beginnings! Hopefully onto better things for your friend.


  8. Be strong for your friend and keep on listening. One day she’ll heal and look back on the wonderful support you’ve given her. You’re a true friend, that’s what love is. 🙂


  9. Listening is a pretty good remedy (and not only in matters of the heart).


  10. I carry this little post-it in my wallet with a quote on it – I have no idea who wrote it – but here it goes: “It’s hard holding onto something you know may never be yours, but it is harder moving on when its everything you ever wanted”. Not certain why I just typed this; for some reason when I read this entry, I thought of it. Anyways, you are a great friend. Honestly, a great set of ears or eyes can make all of the difference in the world. she is luck to have you:)


    • That is a nice quote, Kim. I can see why you’ve held on to it. Thank you for your kind words. My friend has been there for me during difficult times in the 30+ years we’ve been friends, so it’s nice to return the favor.


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