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What a lovely palindrome of a day (02 02 20 20). I was informed it was also our 33rd day of the year, with 333 days left. Allow me to geek out over numbers, moon patterns… moving onward!
People are so caught up in finding someone to be with.
Maybe it’s loneliness. Perhaps I’m wrong and people want to be left alone. I believe people live longer and are living happier lives when they are in healthy long term relationships. I would love that for YOU.
Here’s some stuff to look out for. 👀
I’ve racked my brain over healthy relationships. I’ve examined and analyzed couples who have confided in me with their difficulties. (I know you’re reading this, so know that I love you guys and can’t wait to hear from you).
This is a good spot to add, I’m no expert. I LOVE analysis. I find writing therapeutic. Please don’t do anything irrational after reading this. I only want what’s best for you and your loved ones.
Here are qualities that people in healthy relationships
Let me intensify: without these, your relationship is doomed.
I’ve chosen each word carefully
- A Safe Communication Environment
- Intentional Love
- Compatible Foundational Life Goals
Things that make relationships inherently easier, NOT VITAL
- Finding your person impressive
- Imagine them in their element. Does it turn you on?
- Similar attractiveness
- Equally opposite in masculinity/femininity
- You’re both a blend of masculine and feminine. One of you is more masculine. The other is equally as much feminine as the first is masculine.
- Similar Intelligence
- A general predisposition for learning and improvement
- Similar financial liquidity
- It’s great to be pampered. Finances turn into really hard conversations when one person has had it easy all of their life while the other has had to struggle between paychecks. If you’re both on the same page, it just works easier.
- Similar diet
- I’m not saying you both have to be health nuts. I’m saying if one is a vegan, and the other hunts every season… that’s an important conflict.
- Similar hobbies
- Time is a precious commodity. If you both like to hike, that’s an amazing activity you can share in excitement with. The hike itself is fun, and the preparation builds the excitement that much more every day.
Large caveat: I’m extremely lucky to be in a healthy relationship. Even more so, I’m lucky to be with someone who recognizes and values hard work. We’ve worked really hard to get where we are. There are still tough times. Trust is a huge factor. However, I promise it will be earned. I say will be earned because it takes the strength of time. Time will show you everything you need to see in your relationship.
Remember, I’m merely a man observing relationships around me. I’ve had the privilege to talk to some people about theirs. I’ve analyzed, from my perspective, what has led to their strengths. My writing is not absolute. Love has a way of defying all concepts of reason. The world doesn’t make sense some times, and yet works in a balance you can only observe in retrospect.
Let’s go back to the vital three.
A safe communication environment: A space where there is freedom to express each other’s opinions, conflicts, compliments, and so on. There is no judgment. This is a place for honest listening and cooperation. A place which brings us to…
Intentional Love: This is huge. Genuine, honest, intentional love. Intentional means you, at your core, want this. Love is everything that is good for your person. You truly want your special someone to be loved. To feel loved. To know that you love them.
Compatible Foundational Life Goals: This one’s tricky. This isn’t, “I want a house some day.” This is more like, “I want a lot of kids,” or “I want to serve my country as a Marine,” or “I want to live on the coast.” The goals of you and your loved one have to be compatible, they have to operate together and not contradict each other.
As for the following set of “Non vital,” I repeat they are not vital. They simply make getting along easier and making any compromises easier and more fluid.
will make these flow into a healthy relationship. The vital list of three is a list I simply believe relationships need to end up with to make the long haul. I’ve seen people change for the better. I believe I am one of those people. That is what compromises are all about. The major factor here is Love. When you love someone, their needs make it easy to be selfless and commit yourself. If both of you are in love, both of you have a tendency to want to make sacrifices for the other. However, everything will crumble if you don’t feel safe enough to communicate your concerns, if you’re not sure if your person loves you, and if you’re both headed in opposite desired directions.
Thank you so much for your time
I’d like to expand in the future on the vital three. And maybe look at some relationships specifically and help or just walk through what works.
Please let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in!
(Yes, I respond and read every one)
If you would be so courageous, please tell me about your relationship!
I’m compiling more examples for my future relationship posts.
What is something you thought would tear your relationship apart, but ended up making it stronger?
What did you do to find that courage? Because that is damn hard to do…
If you don’t have the time, I totally understand. I’m grateful you’ve even made it this far!
Thank you again,