“If someone is in your life, it is because they have a gift for you, and you have a gift for them.” Robert Holden
All of our relationships bring gifts and lessons; sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet. Some relationships are for a season; short, casual, fleeting, lacking in depth. Others are lifelong; with the complications and celebrations that accompany our journey on that path. Regardless of the strength or length of our relationships, we walk away with a gift or more — memories, emotions, lessons and even reinvented stories of the time we shared. What gifts do yours offer?
Zelmyra (103) and Herbert (105) Fisher hold the Guinness World Record as the longest married couple in the world; 88 years and counting. They were married on May 13, 1924 and maintain a strong, loving relationship. What is the secret to the longevity of their marriage? Zelmyra: “No secrets,” she says. “There isn’t any secret. It was only God that kept us together.” Herbert: “I didn’t know I would be married this long,” he says. You may read more about their relationship in this AARP article: 86 Years of ‘I Do’ or connect with Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher on Twitter via their handle – @longestmarried There is more below!
“Whenever you heal any relationship, your whole life improves — and that counts for double with family.” Robert Holden
One thing that is fairly common in relationships is the pain that arises from unresolved slights. These slights/wounds/hurtful events could have occurred through miscommunications, inconsideration, or the manipulation of facts and conditions. In order for us to move forward and create healthy productive lives, we must heal our past and present hurts. How we chose to heal them is up to us. We could do a face to face, perform a symbolic ritual, or even involve an arbitrator. We can tap into that place of strength within and make a commitment to heal. The key is closure and healing… What are your thoughts? Do you see your relationships as gifts? What do you do to build long lasting relationships/friendships? What helps you handle the end of one? What impact has a failed relationship had on your life? Do share! Thank you.
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Positive Motivation Tip: All relationships bring gifts and lessons… some bitter, some sweet. Cherish them all!