One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. – Euripides
Whatever we love or hate about life, however we look at thinks and regardless of our interests and dreams, it all comes down to communication.
There are people that just can’t get out of their comfort zone, there are days in which we don’t want to see or talk to anybody, but we can’t live alone. Human beings are made to seek attention from their fellows, to evolve together and to become more powerful as a part of a group.
Being individual is important, of course. It’s one of the main characteristics of a leader, and of any successful man. But he must also be able to work in teams, to speak with everyone, to form relationships. This is in our nature and no matter how hard it is sometimes, we just can’t be loners.
Eventually we realize that every action of ours is connected to other people – we have friends, families, we work with people, we judge others and get criticized by them, we argue, we lie to them, we disappoint and get disappointed, we want to attract someone’s attention, we admire some people and avoid others. It’s all about communication and relationships.
Some of the connections we form though, are way more important than the rest. Here is a list of the relationships we need to establish in order to have a valuable life with meaning, love and people that matter to us.
The Most Important Relationships to Form in Life
1. The one with yourself.
You are the star in your movie, so no matter how important other people and issues are for you, don’t forget to take care of yourself too.
Many neglect their appearance, stop their learning process, don’t enjoy what they are doing, don’t relax and take time for themselves and lose the special connection with their inner self. That reflects everything in their outer world and they end up having no meaningful relationships, work, hobbies, etc.
It’s crucial to establish a balance between your mind, body and soul.
Every day try to find time to relax, reflect on things, listen to what your body and mind tell you, get in touch with your spiritual side and take every chance to find inspiration and motivation. Be peaceful , satisfied and in harmony with yourself.
One thing you must never forget is that family will always be by your side. In good times you have your friends and many other acquaintances that stick with you, but it’s those that don’t leave you in bad times that matter. Your relatives will help you no matter how rude you were to them, how bad the situation is and how wrong you are.
Your parents are those who will give you everything they have when you don’t deserve it, they will tell you that it’s all going to be okay even when you have done the worst thing, they will tell you that you are a beautiful and wonderful person and will actually mean it even if you look and feel bad.
So be grateful for the childhood they gave you and for all the things they are still providing for you. Show love and appreciation and try to go beyond their expectations by living a meaningful life and becoming a great person.
Then when you have your own family, give them all the love in the world. Listen to them, understand their problems and try to solve them together, help them become the best versions of themselves, appreciate, give and never take them for granted.
Your husband/wife is the person you choose to spend your life with. Cherish that intimate relationship and let it help you enjoy every other aspect of your life. Together you will have the power to overcome every hardship and misfortune.
Live a wonderful life together and cherish the fruits of your love – your children. Become their friend and mentor and prepare to be amazed by the unconditional love they will give you back and the unbelievable things their imagination will generate.
Life would be unthinkable without friendship. Friends are our saviors in a moment of need, our best advisers in desperate times. They will come when we are lonely, they know us so good that there is no need to tell them what we need.
Value your friends and think highly of them. Try to remain close with the ones from your childhood and high school – you’ve been through so much together, have so many memories and know everything about each other that it would be a shame to leave that behind. Create new memories, let your kids become friends too, maybe you can start a business together or support each other’s hobbies and talents.
Life meets us with many other people in different situations. They may not be that important and may not stay long, but one way or another we form some relationships with them as well and this plays a huge role in our personal development.
There are the people we work with, our neighbors, roommates, classmates, managers, teachers, clients, friends of friends, gym buddies and many others with whom we just chat and have some interaction. Sellers in the shops we buy from, people we meet at parties, or at the park while walking our dog.
Every week we lead many short conversations and think they are unnecessary. But faith knows what it’s doing and sometimes, too late do we realize what an important lesson has someone taught us.
That is why we should keep our eyes wide-open and benefit from every little piece of communication we have throughout the day. From one person we may get an advice, a second one will help us, the third may recommend something useful or give us information.
Never underestimate the benefits we can get from the people we meet just for a while. And yet, sometimes your new best friend may be hiding behind the person you just bumped into.
These are the people you argue with, the colleagues that envy you, those who want to bring you down or simply don’t like you.
Leading a social life inevitably meets us with such people. We may be good to them and think we do everything right but somehow they just find a way to engage in an argument with us. They judge and criticize us and may have an influence on others too.
We, on the other hand, have to choose whether to react to that or not. And more importantly, how to do it.
Always keep in mind two things: first, these people are also humans and have their inner battles just like you and me. And second, they are in your life for some reason and you can learn from them. If you start judging them too, that means you are on their level and thus you show shortcomings in your own character..
Continue treating them in the best way you can. You might just be what they’ve always been looking for: someone who will believe in them and give them a chance.
Last but not least, in order to be satisfied and lead the life we are meant to, we should form a connection with animals. The easiest way to do it is to have a pet. This is a wonderful way to connect to our spiritual self and realize how every being on earth deserves to be loved and is willing to give it in return.
Animals are so pure and sensitive. Not only are they conscious of bad weather and earthquakes, but they also feel it when we are sad or hurt. They are always ready to help us. There are many cases of dogs that have saved their owners or random people by pulling them or calling for help.
It is important for us to be able to connect with animals, to appreciate them and read their signals.
Reaching success is a journey which affects every aspect of our life. Social life is one of them. Try to establish each of the relationships listed here. Appreciate the people in your life, be humane, spread your love and learn from everyone in your life.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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