Energy In Adult Relationships Gets Easier With Time

24 Oct

This blog post is a continuation of the blog post Giving The Gift of Attention in which I discussed the effort of “giving” attention in adult relationships. I left off discussing how if we apply greater attention to our adult relationships, it will get easier with practice.


I’m sure the majority of new parents wonder how in the world they will find enough energy, focus, and attention to adequately take care of a child, yet they do it and most do it very well. After exercising this capacity with the first child it strengthens and generally successive children are not as challenging. Our children still take extraordinary amount of time but for many parents it does seem to be easier the second and third time around.

I believe this can happen as well with our adult relationships. If we exercise our capacity to focus and pay attention it will grow and the relationship will grow, just like our children. Our adult relationships do not and should not have the same unconditional priority and commitment as our children but I think we can take some of the good practices that we develop and grow within the dynamic child/parent exchange and apply them to our more meaningful adult relationships.

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