“How do you bridge this gap when the person on the other side doesn’t want the kind of relationship you want?”
The bridge IS the point. You don’t know what will happen when you put in the work, when you put the building blocks in place to make magic happen.
We don’t get to decide how someone reacts. We only get the opportunity to do the work and to show that we care.
With a bridge, we can do it again. And again. And again. Until, maybe, one day, they can begin to see what you see.