The element of a any relationship that often gets over-looked is selflessness.
Selfishness has ruined a lot of relationships.
In fact, the relationships that I have seen ended have all been because both parties consistently practiced selfishness.
Selfishness, while it encompases a lot of different elements, can be summed up in just a few words…
Selfishness occurs when we think of ourselves before others.
In relationships, this means we…
- Refuse to deal with problems that arise because we’re afraid of conflict.
- Refuse to initiate conversation because we feel like we’re always the ones that do.
- Choose to quit giving because we feel like we’re not getting enough.
- Refuse to make compromises because we’re set in our ways.
I know that the above is much easier to type than to practice.
However, while we’ll never perfect selflessness (we are born that way),
we can start by making a conscience effort to give much more than we take.
What is one way that we can practice selflessness in our relationships?