Ladies, you’ve got a great start on your journey to Finding the More Vibrant and Beautiful You! You’re practicing deep breathing daily; drinking lots of water; getting plenty of rest; eating nutritiously and enjoying fun activities. Now we need to talk about bringing purpose to your life through healthy relationships.
Are you happy with the relationships in your life?
Do you have relationships full of conflict and emotional pain?
Have you decided that cultivating your relationships with family and friends will take more time and trouble than it’s worth?
As women, there are many relationships in our lives. We have husbands, siblings, best friends, friends, co-workers, children, grandchildren and in-laws to name a few. Each relationship fills an emotional need in our lives whether it’s a close relationship or one that’s less demanding.
Are you ridden with guilt because you don’t seem to have enough time or energy to spend on all this interaction with family and friends?
With that in mind, it’s important to realize that meaningful relationships are vital to your health and are a very important investment in your total wellbeing. Relationships bring us joy in the good times and strength and security to get through the bad.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~Swedish Proverb
When we’re unhappy with a relationship in our life, it doesn’t just affect our emotional wellbeing; it affects our physical wellbeing as well. Relationships directly affect our stress level and stress is a known precursor to many serious illnesses.
Is it easy? Absolutely not! And I am certainly not an expert in this field. Just know that mistakes and poor choices happen in relationships, but it’s never too late to do the right thing. So today I ask that you evaluate the relationships in your life and make the conscious decision to nurture them. Maybe you need to pursue a new friendship. Maybe you need to let someone go. Say a prayer for God to bless the relationships in your life and take the next step on this adventurous journey to a “More Vibrant and Beautiful You”. In doing so, you will discover the tremendous value and peace in the giving and receiving of love.
Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859