“Everything in life is temporary, so if things are going good enjoy it because it won’t last forever. And if things are going bad, don’t worry. It can’t last forever either.”
Anyone who believes that relationships remain unchanged as the years go by is slightly naïve.
Whether it’s a friendship, a romantic or familial relationship, or even a professional connection, if there’s one thing you can be certain of it’s that human beings are destined to evolve as they grow and mature.
Relationships of any kind require nurturing and continual effort in order to be successful. They flourish when provided with enough respect, compassion and honesty to keep the lines of communication and affection alive and well.
However practicing those character traits is not always easy or appealing to everyone.
As you look around at all the relationships in your life, it’s important to remember those who’ve been able to accrue longevity.
Perhaps that relationship is not what it once was, and outside influences, pressures and disappointments have taken a toll. But the longevity of that relationship speaks volumes to how important you believe it is to your existence.
How invaluable you believe the relationship to be that you continually provide the respect, compassion and honesty needed to keep the lines of communication and affection alive and well.
It’s important to remember that every relationship needs to evolve in order to survive. The struggle is determining if the foundation of that relationship is strong enough to withstand the unexpected burdens which plaque our lives and ultimately refine the people we are.
I read an interesting quote the other day, which provides a wonderful conclusion for this post.
“In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.” Robert Brault
Relationships will never go unchanged as time marches on. But as long as they’re with individuals who want to understand you on every level, they’re definitely worth the effort.