Today’s Gem of Gratitude #36

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Today I am thankful for relationships. Most people seem to think that relationships are only about how the people involved treat each other, and that relationships only reflect how the people involved view each other, yet there is more to it than that. Relationships are also mirrors that show each person involved who they are, what they believe in, what they consider to be important, and how they view themselves.

When you treat those with whom you are in a relationship with genuine respect, compassion, love, and consideration, it is oftentimes an indicator that you have a healthy love for yourself, that the way that you treat others is important to you, and that your approach to relationships is likely not a self-centered one. And when you do the opposite, it is likely that the reverse is true.

Of course, there are always exceptions. There are some people who are good at pretending to care about others, people who are solely interested in pursuing their own agenda. Relationships, after all, are not a perfect science. They are only as perfect as the flawed human beings who comprise them.

Ultimately, though, we are all accountable for our behavior, motives, and approach to relationships. And I encourage all of us to commit ourselves to giving some thought to what our relationships have to say about us, and then take the time to make any necessary adjustments. Life is too short to take any relationship for granted. Live and love on purpose. #lovebythedrop

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