The regular rhythm of this blog is that I provide some food-for-thought about a particular topic Monday through Thursday and then Friday you are challenged to walk through a mini-coaching session around the theme. OK, I deviated last week… but generally, this is what you can expect.
The posts this week have covered a wide spectrum regarding relationships – commitment to a significant other, bringing love to the boardroom, networking, and even letting people move out of our lives. This makes it hard to find a set of questions that will pertain to them all so instead I will offer up a series of questions for you to think about from each angle. I invite you to really think about and write down your answers.
Here we go…
Concerning your significant other:
Did you agree with the premise that love is a commitment? If so, are you truly committed to your significant other? How can (or do) you show that commitment? If you don’t feel like you are committed, how does that feel to you? Is it something you want to change? What one thing can you do today to make sure your significant other knows that you love him or her?
In bringing love to the workplace:
What did you think about that? Was it silly to you or did it ring true? If it was true for you, can you identify ways where you can bring your loving self to work more often than your jaded, cranky or ambivalent self? What one thing can you do to show some brotherly love to your coworkers?
And about networking:
Do you enjoy networking for the sake of networking or is it about relationship building for you? Should it be about relationship building? What does your network look like? Are there people in it who can help you with your career? Your hobbies? Help find you a date? How can you hold on to people once you’ve met them? Is this important to you? What makes it important to you (if it is)? What one thing can you do to build or find a new relationship to add to your network in the next week?
Least favorite, possibly needing to move someone out of your life:
Is everyone in your life there for a purpose? Are you there for them? Are there any toxic, crazy-makers that you should back away from? What about possible co-dependence? Are you being honest with yourself about the health of your relationships? And if you do need to make a change, are you coming at it from a foundation of love? (Thank you to Darcy for her insightful addition to my post, pointing out the need to do this.) Will you commit to examining your relationships?
Whew! That’s quite a bit to chew on! To end on a light note, I will share a quote from one of my favorite examples of a very special relationship – Pooh and Piglet. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh!” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” ~A.A. Milne
Love is a Commitment
A Meeting Full of Love
Relationship Post #3
Letting Someone Go