When questioning my own relationships and expectations, I kept thinking about musical composition, songwriting to be exact, and how the chosen melody sets off the mood and has a permanent effect on the written lyrics.
I am not married or in a relationship, but I like to think I’m using this period of singlehood wisely and that I will have developed a breathtaking relationship with myself by the time Mr. Right comes along the way. And, because the relationship we develop with ourselves tend to affect the course of our relationships with others, I want to discuss that kind of bond:
A connection with oneself is more than a relationship, its characterized by the unbreakable binding force of friendship. To be friends with others, you need to start by being friends with yourself first. But what does it mean to be friends with oneself?
The key ingredient of any relationship (regardless of its nature) is respect. Loving oneself and others enough to show continuous reverence is a promising foundation for any relationship.
Respecting others and myself enough to love without reservations, remaining true and faithful, disagreeing in a polite manner, and the knowledge that love is founded in patience and perseverance are the expectations I bring into relationships and plan on taking away.
After questioning my own relationships and expectations, one retort is evident –I want my relationships to be guide by the rhythm of respect.
photo: elizabeth messina