Posts Tagged ‘nurturing relationships’

Navigating New Relationships Can be Tricky

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Relationships are tricky especially early on when you may be dating more than one person. It’s sometimes hard to know proper protocol when dating and introducing a new friend to others.

The worst thing anyone can do is show a lack of respect for the person they’re dating even though there are times when any disrespect shown is really unintentional.

Say for instance you are on an outing with a dating partner and you run into an acquaintance you haven’t seen for awhile.

This acquaintance says, “Hey, is this your girlfriend?”

You want to acknowledge that yes this is someone you’re dating but don’t want to send a message you’re not ready to deliver.

Don’t say: “Yeah, one of them.” You may think, of course I wouldn’t say that, but believe me, it happens.

Instead you could simply say this is Mary and leave it at that.

Another issue is becoming too comfortable early on in a relationship and taking your partner for granted. If a relationship is new enjoy the newness and keep it interesting. No one wants to me treated as if they are unwanted or unappreciated. No one wants to be treated like baggage. Remember your good fortune in finding such a great person. Relationships that thrive stay alive!

You’ll make mistakes–it comes with the territory. Just do your best to consider the other person and how you would want to be treated.

Listen Humbly:

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to respond.

Jimmy Manyi, Tiger Brands, South Africa