Daily Dose for the Mind

The art of maintaining a good relationship

Many of us invest time and money to live in a nice house, drive a fancy car, and appear young and beautiful. But how much do we invest in the intangible, like good relationships? If we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by family and friends who love us for who we are and genuinely care for our well-being, we feel secure and emotionally stable even in the face of challenges. On the other hand, even if we possess our dream house, a luxury car, and a perfect body, we remain deeply unhappy if there are problems in our relationships. When the problems persist without any resolution in sight, we become depressed and even think of committing suicide. If happiness is what we hope to achieve in our lives, shouldn’t we put more effort into cultivating good relationships with the people around us?

We all grow up in different environments. Our experiences are varied, and so are our personalities, habits, values, and thoughts. It is not easy for diverse people to live together and try to forge relationships. According to the Buddhist scripture The Treatise on the King of Treasures Samadhi, “Do not expect others to follow your way. When things always go your way, it is easy to become arrogant.” As we experience adversity in our lives, we mature and become more understanding. Just remember that the person who has made your life difficult today could be an undercover teacher sent from above, tasked with your spiritual growth.

Excerpt From: Haemin Sunim. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World”.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Marta Frant says:

    Great post. I truly believe that everyone who we interact with in our day-to-day life is a teacher for us to some extent. Even you and your post I stumbled upon today taught me something, some things I may not even realize right now.

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    1. GS says:

      Absolutely. Every person you meet in your life is a teacher. Some will inspire you, elevate you or entertain you. Others will annoy you, bring you down or bore you. But they will all teach you something and guide you along your path. I am so glad you find my posts thought worthy. Thank you for stopping by letting me know.

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  2. Fred Stevens says:

    Speaking of investing, I sense you have invested some thoughtfulness in this well-written post. Thank you. I especially like your suggestion that we might be a student of an unacknowledged teacher. May you have difficult conversations and be brought closer by them.

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked the post Fred. Yes difficult conversation can be a game changer.


    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing.

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      1. Always a pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, John!! Have a great day!

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  3. Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Have a great day!! xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

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