Rather an introvert or an extrovert, everyone needs to have relationships in their lives, hence the "basketball friend" in the movie Cast Away, starting Tom Hanks. Relationships can be made with family members, friends, colleagues, and even bloggers. However, what makes a solid relationship?
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In my opinion, Paul describes one of the best definitions of what a solid relationship should be like in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
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I found an article by Alex Lickerman MD, in Psychology Today, that correlates with Paul's teachings. Lickerman says that a good friend commits to your happiness. A good friend will be honest, even when it's uncomfortable, when he/she knows it's in your best interest. He also said that good friends will not compromise your principles in the name of your friendship. Finally, Lickerman said that good friends will inspire you to strive for excellence.
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Therefore, you need a plethora of relationships to be happy - Not! I'm an introvert, but always try to find a way to connect with people I meet. Everyone has gifts and talents that I value and can learn from. However, I only have a handful of people with whom I have solid relationships, such as my mother, my wife, my two girls, my church Rector, a few Church members, a couple of work colleagues, and above all my God.
What do you look for in relationships? I would love to hear what you think. Anyway, I want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who takes the time to leave a comment. I am blessed by your kind words. Peace - Paz - Shalom!