Relationships have an ebb and flow to them just as the Seasons of nature do. A rhythm all their own. A process of planting, nurturing, growing, maturing, and sustaining.
People flow through your life, both good and bad. We naturally gather the good to us, and avoid the bad. But in gathering the good to us, are we maintaining these relationships? Are we planting deep roots that will survive, mature, and continue to grow and bloom, or are we planting shallow roots? Roots that are capable of creating a relationship, but many times are based on shallow selfish motives, and will not survive past a short time?
These are the questions you need to ask yourself, when creating new relationships, in the day-to-day world, as well as in the Online world. Are you creating relationships simply to say, Hey world, Look how many friends I have. Or are you creating relationships with depth and meaning behind them. Genuine interest. Genuine caring.
Friendships and relationships that are based on genuine interest, trust and caring, be they business relationships, family or friends, will all have their individual seasons, just as the seasons of nature do.
Some of these relationships will be Annuals. We plant the seeds, the relationship grows, and blooms, but then fades away for a while. The seeds are still there though, so the relationship re-grows after a while and continues in a sort of hi’s and lo’s cycle of life. Distance, Time, and Life are the big factors in this cycle. So we enjoy the blooms while they are there, and look forward to the next time that the blooms grace our eyes.
Other relationships will be Perennials. Once planted, nurtured and grown, these relationships continue to grow, and bloom on a regular basis, year after year. The blooms may fade from time to time, but they come back quickly. The relationship itself is always there and visible, continuing to grow, and creating beauty in our lives many times throughout the year.
And then we will have the relationships that are the Live Oaks in our lives. These are the relationships that we grow, that form a canopy of comfort, love and familiarity over our lives on a daily basis. We can count on these relationships to always be there, to always lend us a shelter beneath their bows. We may have started with these relationships already there at birth, or we may have planted them when we were young, and grown along side them, gaining strength from them, and knowing that we can always rest easy in their shade.
The important thing to remember is that ALL relationships are important. Whether they are occasional, regular, or constant. They each need tending in their own way, to maintain their vitality, strength and growth.
How is Your garden growing? Are there relationships in your life that need some attention? Go and tend your garden. Watch the blooms of life grow.
Yours in Friendship, Caring, and Gratitude,
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