The Power of Relationships
Long before the internet and mobile devices there was a uniqueness about our relationships with others. As technology continues to expand, our connections with others has transformed into emails, text messages, GIFs, and emojis. Have we lost the art of honoring others? Do we truly value the people in our lives?
Merriam-Webster's defines relationship as: connecting or binding participants in a relationship. The relation aspect of the word relationship refers to an aspect or quality (such as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind. Similar to a school setting we are connected to people, things and activities that we are kin to. Our morals, values and interest align to things that resonate with our inner being. We are only as strong as the people and relationships we are connected to. We are all God’s tools, and tools are resources. When the right tools are paired great things happen.
There is a great unseen power in the connections we have with others. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 the scripture says: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. This passage is powerful because it explains that there is a good return for those who work together.
When we learn to adapt the interdependent concept we become stronger based on the ability to have a team perspective. We must learn to think of our relationships as an investment, and if you know anything about investing there is always a risk. Every relationship may not deserve an investment having discernment will determine when and where to invest. When we build on solid principles and maintain good working relationships we allow ourselves the ability to grow.