The world seems to be in a chaos. Everyone is moving, faster. Delivery deadlines have replaced fun at work. At least it feels this way.
Gadgets and networking sites are fast replacing personal meetings and friends. Facebook status updates are the fastest ways of getting the message conveyed. Twitter made it even faster and crispier. TV channels run the entire debates on tweets and Bollywood back bites on twitter!
Though technology has brought places together and made communication faster and easier, it has taken people’s relationships away.
When I say relationships I do not mean just your romantic entanglements. A relationship is the bond we share with our loved ones, with people who care for us – parents, siblings, teachers, friends, employees and neighbors.
Feel Gratitude and Say Thank You
Feel grateful for all the wonderful people you have in your life. And do not forget to express your heartfelt gratitude. Say thank you to each one of them for their support, love and care.
Do not think they will understand. That is what we usually do. We take them for granted. But think it this way. You also love them the way they love you, right? Wouldn’t you want them to say ‘I love you’ to you atleast once in a while? Ofcourse you would. So, go now and tell them how much you care for them. If possible, tell them in person instead of a FB status message or a text message. If you are not meeting them, call them up!
Do Something For Them
Actions speak louder than words. It is so true and holds good for relationships as well. Do something sweet for your closed ones. Send your parents on a vacation. Sponsor a course for your siblings. Write a thank you note to your teacher. Take your employees for a picnic or lunch. Help your neighbors with something important in their life. And give a tight, warm hug to your partner. That would suffice.
When words are enough or you find it difficult to explain through words, you can also take help of gifts. A gift is worth many words provided it carries a meaning. Click here for more ideas.
Let Them Do Something For You
This one particularly applies to the eldest in the families. Elders have a way of refusing help. They always feel ‘they are okay’. If you are one of such being, tell yourself again that it is okay to ask for help.
Let your well wishers do something special for you if they wish to. Accept it and feel happy. Offering and accepting strengthens the bond two ways.
Trust is the most important thing in any relationship. It leads to faith and emotional support. Without trust, any relationship can falter easily. Trust is again two way thing. A person should be trust worthy and the other person should also be ready to trust.
So, become trust worthy and learn to trust others.
As George Mac Donald put it, ‘To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved’.