The relationships in your life define you. It’s true that friendships change over time. And you will steadily develop new relationships with people you respect and care about. But there are more relationships than human ones. You have to look deeper into your relationships with the things in the world around you.
These are the five relationships that matter most in this world. You have to consider them if you want to improve your life.
Relationship with Objects
You may think that slapping your computer will get it to work or banging your smartphone on the desk will make it more responsive. But people who do this tend to display a deep-seated characteristic. They are never at peace. They don’t treat material goods with the right amount of respect, and that usually carries over into human relationships.
If you respect the objects around you, this is going to translate into you receiving the same respect. Someone who throws their toys out of the pram when their GPS doesn’t work is unlikely to gain any respect from anyone.
Treat objects with respect and you will find that more comes your way.
Relationship with Others
The way you act towards others will determine how successful you are. Modern brands demand a personal relationship. Those who harbor negative emotions like anger, greed, and hatred tend to find that these emotions get in the way of them leading a healthy lifestyle. You will always be looking for a way to get back at someone, rather than how you can help them and how they can help you.
It’s no coincidence that those who are naturally optimistic and kind tend to live longer and happier lives. Embracing positive mental characteristics can have a huge effect on your prospects.
Nobody likes a cynic. Take business as an example. A massive 71% of customers will take their business to a competitor if they get a bad impression from you.
Relationship with Your Family
You may be wondering why your family is something on a whole other level. The reason for this is that if you don’t have a good relationship with those closest to you it’s extremely difficult to develop those good relationships with others. It’s why those you are in a toxic friendship are more likely to cause toxic relationships to develop with others. It’s why bullies tend to have bad personal lives.
This doesn’t mean that you have to like everyone in your family in order to be successful. Few people get along with everyone in their family trees. But how you react to this is what matters. Sending love their way will ultimately make you a better person, even if they decide to reject it.
Relationship with Self
The only thing you truly have control over is yourself. How you feel about yourself is one of the most important things in the world. You have a choice when dealing with yourself. You can either be the best friend in the world or the worst enemy in the world.
Everyone has a constant battle between the crippling self-doubt and a desire to feel pride and accomplishment. If you hate yourself, the chances are you are going to hate others.
This doesn’t mean that you have to be in love with yourself in an arrogant way. You can have flaws and you can acknowledge these flaws. But the key is you don’t allow them to get you down. You are more focused on how you can address those flaws.
Relationship with Spirit
A spirit can be anything. It can be a belief in religion or simply the relationship with whatever you believe shapes this world. It’s about looking further than the physical things in this world. Someone doesn’t take drugs or become an alcoholic just because they like it. They do it because there’s something wrong with the spirit inside.
Your relationship with your emotions is perhaps the most important relationship of all. It’s also the most difficult one to address because there’s no right path for every person. Everyone is different and everyone has gone through different experiences.
You can begin addressing the various relationships in your life right now. For every relationship, you should be practicing patience and optimism over realism and negativity. If you go into any relationship with a negative state of mind, you are already setting the scene going forward.
The best thing you can possibly do is to adopt a healthy state of mind. Think about how you are approaching relationships and consider how you can improve.
What are the most important relationships to you?