Category: Successful Relating

You Need to Feed Your Relationship

Maude: Do not take your relationship for granted. We don’t usually issue proclamations of this nature, but this cannot be said enough.
Valentine’s day and anniversaries and other landmarks are all really nice opportunities to celebrate your relationship. However, if you are not staying alert and in tune with your partner, these few moments of recognition will not keep your love alive!
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How to Avoid Annoyed in Your Relationship

Phil: When we were writing the newsletter last week, Maude complained that I was irritated and impatient. I wasn’t fully conscious of that until she pointed it out. A lot of the technical aspects – for example, photo production – are in my domain, and sometimes I feel the weight of these and other responsibilities.
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5 Important Things For a New Relationship

A friend of ours told us a wonderful story of how she found her partner. Rita decided she was ready to enter a relationship. She’d had a number of them in her life, but then it seemed for a long time nothing happened and no one came along.
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How to Know Your Deal Breakers in a Relationship

What is it that leads us to become intimate with one person and walk away from another? Maude said at breakfast that a relationship is based on recognizing that there is another person.
This involves an understanding that this person has just as rich a life: has dreams, has worries, has a bad knee and has run out of coffee and needs to pee.
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Balancing Togetherness and Individuality in a Relationship

One of the ways to describe our relationship is that we are in balance. That is, of course, a metaphor, as is nearly all of language. It works so well here because of its multiple meanings.
The first is of a seesaw, which is a cooperative venture, not a competitive game.
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The Paradox of Union and Separateness in a Relationship

Phil: I want to write about how we create these blogs because it illuminates the way we are together.
We usually talk about topics until one appears and feels fruitful, explore it some, then go off and write separately. When we come together again, we may amalgamate our different voices, interleave our different aspects, or take one as the framework and polish it, but whatever way we end up writing, one thing is certain: that we each agree with what the other has written, even though it may be in a different voice.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we write about the fundamental requirement for finding mutual decisions and solving problems in relationships. These links are about how couples can deal with relationship problems.
Equal Partnerships: What Do They Really Consist Of? “When you see some couples that seem happier, more balanced and equitable than others, do you ever wonder: What do they know that I don’t?
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What is Peace Within a Relationship Like?

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Thich Nhat Hanh
For those of you following our writing, you know that we have a deeply peaceful relationship, and feel so graced by it that we believe we have an obligation to share what the components of this type of relating are, and how to achieve this experience.
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Too Snippy in Your Relationship? Cut it Out!

We’re still gone celebrating our wedding anniversary at a cabin in the woods, so here’s another popular blog from the past. Back next week!
BEING SNIPPY is something that all of us have been at some time or another. We find ourselves in a hurry and don’t take the time to stop and explain clearly.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog we asked whether you can avoid drama in your relationship. We found many different approaches to this question, so we have more links than usual this week. Hope you enjoy them!
7 Crucial Steps to Minimize Drama in Your Life “For a long time, I lamented all the damaging relationships I’d been in, as if I was some kind of victim who always got the short end of the stick.
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