“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”.
– John Lennon
Here we are in the month of May. Flowers are blooming and so are relationships. I’m taking a new spin on relationships this month and using flowers as the analogy of life. Just like flowers require nurturing, care, and attention to grow and bloom, relationships require the same.
Relationships can be beautiful and fulfilling, and they need to be tended to regularly to keep them healthy and vibrant.
How flowers relate to relationships
In Part 1 of this series, I am addressing how flowers relate to relationships in general. In the next 4 parts, I am breaking it down into: Mother/Daughter Relationships, Couples, Relationship with Self, and Co-workers. They all have similar qualities, yet different personalities. Here are some qualities that make up healthy relationships overall, just like flowers.
Attention: Just as flowers need watering, sunlight, and fertilizer to grow, relationships require regular attention and effort. Taking the time to communicate, show affection, and spend quality time together can help any relationship thrive. Creating new memories is important in keeping relationships alive and active, without relying on the past to keep the fire burning.
Appreciation: Flowers are often given as a token of appreciation, and the same goes for relationships. Showing gratitude and appreciation for your partner, parents, siblings, loved ones, friends, or co-workers can go a long way in strengthening your connection. We all need to know we matter, and letting the people know we appreciate them goes a long way.
Growing together makes us stronger
Ups and down: Flowers can have good days and bad days, and relationships are no different. It’s important to weather the tough times and work through challenges together to come out stronger on the other side. Holding the space for each other to be human, without judgment, allows the beauty of the soul to step forth and express itself throught he human experience.
Both can bring joy: Flowers can brighten up a room and bring joy to those who see them, and relationships can do the same. Being in loving supportive relationships brings happiness and fulfillment to your life. It’s important to let yourself BE joyful and not hold it back. Admit it. Why hold it in? What’s the point? Don’t rob yourself of joy because it doesn’t seem “cool”.
Patience: Just like flowers take time to grow and bloom, relationships take time to develop and deepen. It’s important to be patient and nurturing with your family, partner, friends, co-workers, and yourself to help your relationships flourish, especially the one between your human and your soul. When we make mistakes, the best thing to do is to fess up when we mess up, to own our part in whatever the situation is, without blaming the other for how we feel.
Nurture your relationships
By nurturing your relationships like you would a beautiful flower, you can help them grow and bloom into something truly special. Remember to give all your relationships the care and attention they need to appreciate the beauty they bring to your life and be patient as they grow and develop over time.
Regardless of the type of relationship, effective communication is the one key factor that is the same in maintaining strong relationships. Communication involves not only speaking but also listening.
Miscommunications and misunderstandings can cause rifts in relationships, so it’s important to actively listen to the other person’s needs and concerns.
Mutual respect goes a long way
Another important aspect of relationships is mutual respect. If you’re not genuinely interested in the other person, then already there’s a problem and the relationship is one-sided.
Respect can be shown in many ways, such as being considerate of the other person’s time or taking each other’s feelings into account when making decisions.
Every person is different
It’s also important to remember that every person is different and has their own unique opinions and perspectives. Boundaries are also essential in maintaining healthy relationships.
Everyone has the right to set boundaries and expectations for their relationships, whether it’s in regard to personal space, communication, or emotional needs. Respecting each other’s boundaries can help prevent conflicts and maintain a sense of trust and safety.
Finally, all relationships require effort and compromise. No two individuals are the same, and disagreements are bound to happen. However, working together to find a solution and being willing to compromise can help strengthen the relationship and build trust.
Relationships are an essential part of human life
In conclusion, relationships are an essential part of human life and require effort, communicativeness, respect, boundaries, and compromise to be healthy and sustainable. By actively working to strengthen relationships with those around us, we can create more meaningful and fulfilling connections in our lives.
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It’s your life. Enjoy the journey. And remember to bring love into everything you do.