While on Facebook today, I came across an awesome article, it definitely had a great reminder in it about life & our relationships (not just with our significant other). Its so easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of life. We can get so stuck in our same day to day routine that we forget to really take in life & live it, to take genuine interest in the people around us & what is going on in their lives as well.
This article talked about how so often we ask questions just to "check off that box", rather then really wanting a genuine & true answer from someone. For instance, how often do we ask something like, "How are you doing?" or "How was your day?" out of plain habit? These questions often become just part of the routine with no real sincerity behind them.
I like how this article compels us to ask what we really want to know & also truly listen to the answers that are being given. Relationships are all about making connections & how can we do that if are not willing to take the time to invest & really get to know a person? I like how in this article, the woman & her husband are also taking the steps to teach their children REAL communication by modeling to them questioning beyond just "How was school today?". They ask things like, "Where there times you felt proud of yourself today?" or "Was their a time today you felt lonely?" & then really listen to the answers the child gives in return. This type of questioning speaks volumes to a someone & practically screams "I REALLY DO CARE". I ask you, what person doesn't like to feel that?
So, I not only encourage you to read this article, but take it to heart & apply it. It is an excellent reminder that relationships are like seeds that need maintance & care to grow properly & even thrive! I know with such a large family, it is definitely a good reminder for me. I want my whole family, every member, to feel that "connection" & know that we all truly care for each other & what is going on in each & every one of our lives daily!
The article can be found here:
The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships
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