Encouraging Words Newsletter
Building Connecting Relationships
Creating a saner, simpler life
April 24, 2005
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Strategy #7 for a Saner, Simpler Life: Building Connecting Relationships
"The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live." ~ Ethel Percy Andrus
· Have a regular time to call or write. Call your parents every Sunday. There will be less phone tag, if you call people on a certain day and they are expecting it. Have a regular monthly date with a friend. That way you don’t have to constantly try to schedule meeting with your friends.
· Be direct with people. So much time is wasted from misunderstanding just because people are not saying exactly what is on their minds. Tell people what you want, what you need, what you are feeling. Don’t expect people to read your mind and don’t assume you know what other people are thinking.
· Be there in the moment with people. Listen to them. Connect. Don’t be thinking about your to do list. Don’t spend your time worrying about what you will say next. Enjoy who they are now.
· Don’t give out your cell phone or beeper number to everyone. You do not need to be available 24 hours a day. · Put people first. As Victoria Moran says, “things with a heartbeat come first”.
· Once a week on desk day, write all your letters and once a week a catch up on e-mails.
· Don’t talk to people about how “busy” you are. Think if you are trying to get your self-worth from busyness.
· Often a complicated life stems from not being yourself consistently. It can be tiring to dress to impress, to be Lil Miss Perfect, to remember which “white” lie you told. To live with integrity means to live your life outwardly the same as you are inside. It means what you show to others is who you really are. You are consistently honest.
· Admit when you make a mistake. Then fix it. How many times have you stretched the truth a bit to get out of looking bad? That dishonesty drains energy, while admitting mistakes yields closer relationships and the ability to make things right.
· Don’t make excuses to yourself or others.
In what ways are you not in integrity in regards to your relationships? What bad relationship habits to you have? What changes can you make?
___ Plan your time to catch up on letters and e-mails
could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a
stranger up -- lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother
and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone.
The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.” ~Maya