September 25, 2009

Relationships Nourish Us

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. — Henry Winkler

Note: My friend Renee Godette of Rx Productions inspired me to be especially concise today. Or at least as concise as I am given to be. ;-D

Funny how we really need each other, isn’t it?

Even the most introverted person needs the nourishment provided by contact with other people. We all need silence and solitude. But the truth is that we’re meant to work and live together, we humans.

We’re somehow fed by positive interactions with others. Even in conflict — and perhaps especially then — we challenge one another to stretch the limits of our perceptions. That’s part of what helps us grow.

Loneliness is a curable condition.

Of course, we can be de-energized by our interactions, too. We can get “food poisoning” from the persistent, destructive negative attitudes of others. Be mindful, then, about those with whom you choose to associate.

Yes, we need each other.

As you make your way through the day, observe how your interactions with people affect your energy. Observe how you affect theirs. Commit yourself to spending good time with people who leave you feeling refreshed and happy.

And be nourished.

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