Relationships can be fun, but they can also be complicated. Misunderstandings and miscommunication in relationships can often cause a great deal of hurt, pain, and embarrassment for everyone involved. But it doesn't have to be that way. Relationships can stay real, honest, loving, and respectful if we take special effort and care to work at it. Sacrifice and determination supported by truth and purpose are some of the things that make relationships stay strong and last through good days and bad days. With many books, articles, TV shows and movies made solely about relationships, or the lack thereof, here are 10 simple truths to keep in mind when you find yourself in a relationship that you want to last forever:
1. You cannot change the other person, only yourself. Too many relationships fail because one party or both parties are trying to change the other party, all the while refusing to face the fact that they just might be the problem. When faced with a problem, always look at yourself first. Evaluate your own attitude, moods, and behaviour. Ask yourself, 'Am I the real cause of this argument?' 'Have I provoked something?' You may just find that the problem is the man or woman in the mirror. And, if perhaps, you are not the problem, don't create a worse problem by trying to fix the other person.
2. Being angry is a waste of time. Anger uses up well-needed energy and time that could be used for other more important things. Anger gets you absolutely nowhere. It drives you to do and say things that your sensible self would not do or say. Anger most often comes from pride and a sense of entitlement. How foolish it is to get angry over something that is not even important.