Caring for Other’s Comfort

7 Jul

I make reference in my book about raising children that “relationships are built, they don’t just happen”.

Certainly this is true for our children but I think this is even truer for adult relationships, and in fact, it just might be more important. We can stumble into many relationships in casual encounters, meetings, and shared events, but making them special takes some effort.

Often it is simple…it just has to be conscious.  Treating people with regard for their pleasure and comfort is a treat but it can go a long way to building a first-class connection that becomes nourishing both ways. Basing a relationship on mutual regard for each others’ interests and preferences is not too much of a sacrifice and in many cases it may turn out not to be a sacrifice at all.

This type of ‘mindset’ gives any relationship a better than even chance of building into something meaningful and valuable. In the end relationship is what we take with us…we know we can’t take the money, we will have no use for property, and our position in society will be worth little.

I believe we will, however, be able to take the feelings of all the relationships we have build to that date and those feelings will provide us with the kind of comfort that releases us from the ties of this life and frees our soul to go where it needs to go. Why not…it’s worth considering; what’s the downside?

Speaking of relationships, we’re off to Chicago to celebrate the graduation of our niece who is then returning with us to live here while she attends a post grad program internship as OHSU.
Let the summer begin!!

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