I started to write a few new years resolutions or intentions, the usual things, more exercise, look after self better plus some things I want to achieve like improving my photography skills and learning to speak better french. Yet all of these paled into insignificance compared to the most important one which is paying more attention to my relationships, especially my friendships. Life can be so busy and hectic that we can easily forget to write that letter, send the email or pick up the phone for no better reason than just to have a chat. So the top intention is to make more time to communicate with and if possible see more of my friends in 2012.
Relationships are an essential part of being human. Our relationships with others are what help to shape us as we travel along life’s path. We have a natural desire and need to belong, to have a sense of how we fit into the grater scheme of things. This may take the form of being part of our community at work or simply the pleasure we get from interacting with a group of like minded people.
Our relationships and the way we connect and communicate with others become even more important as we grow older. We begin to realise with ever increasing clarity how vital to our health and well being are our networks of family, friends and colleagues. They are there to celebrate life’s triumphs and support us during life’s trials and difficulties.
Relationships, like everything else in life need nurturing in order to flourish. Where we put our attention is where we will get our results. If we want to have warm, caring relationships we will need to devote time and energy in cultivating them. Relationships are like plants. If we do not feed and water them they will wither away and die.
My aunt, who lived well into her late eighties, was one of the most sociable people I ever knew. She had an amazing ability to make new friends wherever she went. She was friendly with nearly all the neighbours in her street and really fostered a sense of community. As far as she was concerned there was no age barrier, she was just as at ease playing with children, chatting to a 20 year old or offering a kind word of comfort to a friend in need. One of her secrets was her insatiable curiosity and genuine interest in people. She was not well off materially yet she lived a full and rewarding life.
“Are we putting as much time and energy into our relationships as we would like?” If the answer is no what can we do to remedy this. Maybe something as simple as a picking up the phone or using the old fashioned “snail mail” and send a card.
Make an effort to keep in touch. It will pay dividends in the long run to living a rich and fulfilling life.
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