Inner Growth Word of the Day: Relationship
Google’s Dictionary/Search definition: (n.) 1. the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
Relationship in a sentence: The relationship between opposing views, people or things is an interesting one that can reveal the intricacies of interconnectedness.
Relationship in action: A relationship between two or more people, concepts or objects forms when life circumstances bring them together. They maintain that connection or strengthen it or dissolve it through time.
Relationship and inner growth: When it comes to relationships of objects it is not usually a big deal for people to see that relationship change or disconnect; but when it comes to concepts and people, it’s a bit more challenging to accept changes or an ending. This challenge can drive you to explore what you’re holding on to and/or what happened to bring about this change. For relationships that feel right and strengthen in time, inner growth can come from understanding what makes that relationship fit.
Relationship and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: For those concepts and people that fit naturally together questions can include things like – what components are taking place in this relationship that make it so right? What do I love most about this relationship? Is there anything I can do to make it better? If a relationship is changing, then you could ask yourself – why am I having a hard time with this change? What exactly am I holding on to? Can I try to see this change for what it is or am I influencing it with my feelings? And if the relationship comes to an end you can ask – how can I accept what seems inevitable? What is it saying about me that I’m resisting this change? What can I do to help myself through this in a way that helps me?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with relationship at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Then make at least one more list or word bubble for relationship, but specify for relationship of objects, concepts or people and list or put around the word bubble the words that come to mind for each new relationship list or word bubble created. When you’re done write a story for each list or word bubble. Then go back to your lists or word bubbles and identify what types of words you associate to relationship. Do you notice a pattern or theme with the words you’ve listed? Are they happy, sad, wanting or giving, skeptical or defensive? Following this or while you’re diving into your lists or word bubbles, read your stories and see if you notice a pattern there too. Then also compare your word analysis findings to your stories.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings with the concept of relationship. Try to notice if you’re feeling light or heavy, or if your feelings embody a mix of emotions that aren’t happy or sad. Don’t hold back the feelings, let them flow. Also, notice if you’re only thinking of relationships between objects and concepts too or if it’s only people relationships. Have your relationship word lists or bubbles nearby and notice if there are similarities between your feelings and what you wrote down.
Your turn – Share your relationship sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂