When Love is Not Enough to Save a Relationship

Where there is love there is life. Gandhi.

Of all the things we accomplish in life … finding love, being in love, staying in love, losing love and grieving for it’s loss; these emotions represent the most important, complex, challenging, illusive and stimulating themes of our lives. Since earliest recorded history many works of art, books, movies, poetry, music and theater are devoted to this mysterious component of truly being alive.

 Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, 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.

Love never fails?

I Corinthians 13:4-8

What poets, writers and playwrights understand is that much of our hopes and dreams, our joy and laughter, our purpose and our life focus are melded into and built around this preeminent emotion. Who so loves, believes the impossible.Browning.

We also understand, albeit reluctantly, that after a short ecstatic, magical period of sheer bliss the energy level begins to subside and we start to explore the person we are in love with and more calmly imagine a long-term relationship.

Do You Love Your Relationship?

 

Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. Wheatley

It is said that love is blind, but love is also potentially a guide and a gateway to a more sustaining, and a lasting relationship. But is love enough to sustain a relationship, or do we need more? Love is like the blossom on the tree, but the relationship is the roots, integrity is the trunk, ethics is the bark, loyalty is the branches, compassion are the leaves and joy is the sunshine.

So how do Integrity, Loyalty, Ethics, Compassion and Joy fit into your Relationship?

Because, just like your relationship if any element of the tree is not working effectively the blossoms fall, the leaves wither, and the tree begins to die. We know from experience that a fledgling tree/relationship needs water, it must be protected from blight and viruses, it must be pruned and cut back to build new growth, and the roots must be in the right environment with room to grow.

Love may be difficult to define, but the other building blocks of a relationship, built upon the foundation of love, are more pragmatic, more easily defined, and more readily developed. Man is a knot, a web, a framework, and a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you are building or rebuilding a relationship call Karen at 1-518-932-7855 for a powerful sample session focused on the keys to creating and maintaining a successful relationship.

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