Updated: Feb 14, 2022
“Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair, and devastating, it will be that much easier.” -Mae West
Relationships are a lot of work!!
I am single, and to be honest, I don’t look forward to Valentine’s Day. It is often a reminder that I am not married and don’t have a boyfriend. I may not have a mate, but I am not alone. I do have healthy relationships. I have male and female friends, attend a singles’ group at church, and am involved in the community. I have learned about how to maintain relationships and strive to become the kind of person others want to get to know.
For many, Valentine’s Day consists of receiving flowers, getting taken out to a fancy dinner, and getting chocolates. Those things are how Hallmark movies portray love, but that is not what love is all about.
What is love?
The Bible tells us, “Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13 4-7
Love is work but well worth it.
Some people are easier to get along with than others. For the most part, I am easy to get along with, but some people push my buttons. What do I do then?
Here are some tips to improve your relationships and get along better with others in both your personal and your professional lives:
1. Listen to others.
2. Be polite and positive.
3. Be honest and sincere.
4. Allow yourself to be vulnerable.
5. Show interest in others.
6. Keep an open mind.
7. Strive to understand.
8. Seek common ground.
Have a great day!