December 15, 2017
A partner is someone who makes you more than you are, simply by being by your side.
Are you ready for the holidays? I guess I am as ready as I will ever be which means I will do what my family tells me to do. My wife and I have more than we need so an appropriate gift might be the removal of more of my clutter. We do have a few events scheduled, I have a tendency to believe they are tests of my stamina and ability to stay awake.
I am not complaining as I will be spending time with my kids, grandkids and a couple of great-grand kids. It ‘tis the season to be jolly and I plan on being cheerful, ho, ho, ho.
Today I want to share with you a piece I stumbled across the other day. As you know I believe there is nothing more important than the people that allow us into their lives. The quality of our lives are enhanced by how we treat them, it is in that spirit that I offer you the following.
TRAVEL Guide to Relationships
If you want more closeness. If you desire deeper and broader relationships. And a more meaningful and longer-lasting life, Remember the word T-R-A-V-E-L.
T is for TRUST – Trust is the glue that holds people together. A relationship will go nowhere without it.
R is for RESPECT Respect others and let them know that you value them. As Anna Cummins writes, “Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.”
A is for AFFECTION – Sometimes affection means love. Sometimes it means a touch. It always means kindness.
V is for VULNERABILITY – Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Jim Rohn says, “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.”
E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY – Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. The kinds of relationships you make are determined by how openly you communicate with others.
L is for LAUGHTER – Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
For relationships that can really go somewhere, remember the word T-R-A-V-E-L.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
One beautiful Sunday morning, a minister announced to his congregation: “My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons… a $100 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes, and a $10 sermon that lasts a full hour. Now, we’ll take the collection and see which one I’ll deliver.”
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
A boy who was a witness to a crime was on the witness stand in court. He was approached by the defense attorney who asked, “Did anyone tell you what to say in court?”
“Yes, sir,” answered the boy.
“I thought so,” said the attorney. “Who was it?”
“My father, sir.”
“And what did he tell you?” the attorney asked accusingly.
“He said that the lawyers would try to get me all tangled up, but if I stuck to the truth, everything would be all right.”
Only fools can be certain; it takes wisdom to be confused.
Driving home from church one Sunday, the father tuned the radio to a country and western station.
“How can you stand that stuff?” complained his 16-year-old son. “It’s all about lonesome cowboys, gunfights and broken hearts.” Knowing he preferred rock ‘n’ roll, the dad asked, “Well, what’s your music about?”
“That’s the beauty of it,” the son said. “You just don’t know!”
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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