Purpose and meaningful relationships are not so easy to find but not that hard to build either. A big part of living a more intentional and purpose-driven life is the relationships we have. We were created for fellowship and community, not solitude. We grow through relationships with others. We are social creatures and we need other people around us to feel happy and complete. That means creating purposeful and meaningful relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances.
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While all relationships are important, the ones that will have the biggest impact on your own personal life are family and close friends. That’s where you should start. These are the people that mean the most to you and often the ones you spend a lot of your time with.
While good work relationships are also important, they don’t have to be quite as deep and meaningful as a personal relationship. As long as you communicate well with your coworkers and boss for example and you get along ok, you’re good to go. With your best friend, your spouse, your children, or your grandma, on the other hand, working on a more meaningful relationship can have a huge impact.
Be Intentional In Building Meaningful Relationships
The first step in having more meaningful relationships is taking a look at where you’re at right now and then figuring out where you would like it to be. Do you want a more intimate relationship with your spouse? Do you want to be closer to your kids and have them open up to you? Do you want to have a more relaxed relationship with your book club friends? Once you know how you would like those relationships to be and look like you can work on being more purposeful and intentional in your interactions with those people.
One book that helped me immensely to build deeper and more meaningful relationship with those around me was The 5 Love Languages. This book even influenced how I approach and engage my children as a parent and even homeschooling.
Don’t Like Something? Change It
Most relationships aren’t perfect. Some are downright awful. LOL, I am just being honest here. But, while we can’t change people, we can change our relationship with them.
Sometimes that means setting boundaries and setting boundaries is a huge necessity if you want to have healthy relationships, especially with your parents and in-laws. Sometimes, that may even mean cutting people out of our lives most of the time though, it means working on the relationship and having open and honest conversations. Especially with your spouse! Work with the other person to come up with something that works well for both of you. Compromise and put in the effort to improve the relationship the two of you have for the better. Read how and why to restore your marriage communication.
Good And Meaningful Relationships Take Work
Last but not least, I want you to realize that a good relationship takes work. And let me tell you that is heart work! This is true on your marriage, your relationship with your kids, staying close to your best friend and any other close relationship you can think of. If you get lazy and start taking it for granted, it will wither and die. Don’t let that happen.
Instead, put in the work. Go for walks or dates with your husband, invest the time to talk to your kids over dinner instead of vegetating in front of the TV, and make the time to go hang out with your friends regularly. Be intentional about your relationships and do your part to make sure they stay meaningful and strong. Yes, it takes work, time, and effort, but it is well worth it.
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