We can’t deny that there is an abundance of negative talk and images out there today. Although there may be much truth in it all, we often miss that there is truly just as much, if not more, positive all around us.
Within all of the positivity, there are many opportunities for men and women to advance to new heights, far exceeding their own personal goals. However, during each new journey, contained in our relationships (marriage, engagement, dating, or friendships) there are times when opportunities present themselves for one of us and not yet for the other.
Here are a few ways to make sure we are maintaining a spirit of support and encouragement in our interactions with one another, no matter which side of the opportunity-fence you may be on.
Whether the opportunity to achieve one of your dreams has presented itself for you to take, or for your significant other, continue to ask if there is anything that you can do to be helpful to the other.
On the other side of that coin, if there is something you know you could use some help with, do not waste another minute – just say so!
Too often, we look for times that are most convenient for us to engage. Come on – it just doesn’t work out that way, at least not all the time. In my experience, the times that someone else has needed my presence the most, I didn’t recognize its importance before I showed up. It also turns out that those times did just as much for myself as they did for my partner.
A lot of the time we think we know how our partner is doing. However, we can be wrong! (I know… ouch.) So, if there is an event we can attend to show our support, be there! If there is a chance to find out in their own words how everything in their world (outside your relationship) is going, ask! And lastly, if there is something that they have not been able to get to and you see that it needs to be done, do it!
While these may seem to be obvious suggestions, they are often the most overlooked and underappreciated. So remember: Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
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