Relationships take many forms.
Family. Friends. Coworkers. Acquaintances. Lovers.
And so many more.
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Being IN relationship to others takes hard work.
Time. Effort. Energy. Desire. Willingness.
And so much more.
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I’d like to share several quotes with you. Which one or two resonates with you?
Then, I ask that you share your thoughts.
Please comment on any that may hold particular meaning for you.
A lesson learned. A silence that you have not yet spoken.
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“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”– Norman Vincent Peale
“A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.”– Leo F. Buscaglia
“People will always make time for the things they truly want to do and the people they truly want to be in relationship to. If they have no time, they have no desire. Stop wasting your time trying to get their attention and setting yourself up to be hurt.” -Coral Levang
“I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.”– Luigi Pirandello
“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”– Joseph F. Newton
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”— Og Mandino
“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” – Anthony Robbins
“An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes.” -Patricia Fry
“Loneliness is not lack of company; loneliness is lack of purpose.” -Guillermo Maldonado
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.”– Leo F. Buscaglia
“Relationships, marriages are ruined where one person continues to learn, develop and grow and the other person stands still. ” -Catherine Pulsifer