How are your relationships going? Friendships, business associates and family members are all relationships that we have to navigate on a daily basis. How we navigate these affects both the other parties and ourselves.
Whilst others seem to affect us, we are responsible for our internal reactions to the external matters about us. Whilst we cannot control how others act and what they think or say about us, we can be in command of what we think and our attached reactions.
Relationships about us are attracted into our lives to teach us about ourselves. By this I am referring to the way we react to others whereby our interactions either assist us to grow through accepting others as they are or we ingrain our negative behavioural patterns from the past by always feeling that we need to change others to conform to our way. Whilst we should in most cases simply accept people the way they are, this does not mean that we cannot on some occasions gently point out when someone is being self-destructive or acting in a manner that is negative to those around them.
It is not always an easy path to walk in relationships with other people; however, when we accept people as they are and are always loving and positive towards them, we will find that this generally facilitates the best possible aspect of the relationship to come about. Should the other party or parties still choose to act in ways that are detrimental to the relationship, then we may find that we have to move on or spend less time with them.
The main issues are our conscious awareness of how we think and act all the time as well as our focus upon the highest aspects of the other person and acceptance of them just the way they are. In the end the onus is on us to continually evolve and change, not the others about us.