Proactive Relationships

May 10, 2021

By Meghan Greenwood

Listen to the blog here: https://anchor.fm/meghan-greenwood/episodes/Proactive-Relationships-e10kipj

Time and time again, I hear the same remarks:

“He hasn’t called me back.”

“I haven’t heard from her in weeks.”

“With her schedule, it will never get planned.”

“I feel like I haven’t talked to anyone in a long time.”

All of these statements point out 2 things: 1) we all crave relationships and 2) we need to stop relying on the other person to cultivate them.

As human beings, we are naturally prone to relationships. Friendships, romantic, familial – all kinds. We need other people in our lives to feel complete. This is one of the major reasons isolation was so hard during the pandemic.

But relationships aren’t easy. Sure, there’s the obvious conflict that can put a damper on it, but even more so, neglect. We take for granted that the other person will reach out, do this or that, or be there when we need them most. Unless we have done our part to keep the bond, our expectations may need altered.

Instead of letting the relationship idle or dwindle, take a proactive approach. Be the person who sends a check-in note, pick up the phone, invite them to do something. With today’s technology, getting in touch is easier and more convenient than ever. If the relationship means enough to you, keep it going. Don’t wait for the other party to do all of the heavy lifting.

Now, think about who you haven’t heard from lately. You know what to do.

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