“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is right here and now.” ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember,
Relationship reminder —
Loving someone requires effort. Falling in love can be easy. Sustaining a loving relationship requires effort and commitment.
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Mindfulness reminder —
Mindfulness includes being able to be aware and conscious of others, without consciousness of yourself always taking your attention.
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Recent Relationship Maps column (courtesy of The Capital):
When an accusation is really a question
“You really want a 19 year old blonde, not me!”
“I know you’re just waiting for the right moment to leave me!”
It’s possible, of course, that either of these statements could be true, a simple statement of fact. It’s also true that either of these accusations might instead represent a question in disguise. Anger might be a disguise for fear.
Leah is 50 years old and brunette. She’s aware that this culture reveres youth and defines blondes as more attractive than brunettes. Her fear is that her husband of 25 years is no longer satisfied with her. Her message is framed as an accusation. The accusation covers up her anxiety under cover of anger. The real message is a question: “Do you still want to be married to me, even though I’m neither 19 nor blonde?”
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