Author: Maryanne Comaroto
Published: Dec 13 2009
Summary: The mutual flow of respect and support is essential to all healthy, sustainable relationships. Whether friends or lovers, we all want to believe those closest to us want for us to thrive, to fulfill our dreams and to achieve inner and outer success. Yet when this isn?t our experience, we might want to look more closely at the nature of these relationships.
I can remember getting what for me was my first big break in my budding media career. I squealed with delight when the producer called from a popular syndicated radio show asking to interview me. My heart pounded, my mouth went dry ~ I had worked so hard and now it seemed things were about to unfold. I was ecstatic.
After I enthusiastically accepted the invitation, naturally I couldn?t wait to tell the three people closest to me (okay, and a few strangers along the way, I couldn?t contain myself). The funny thing was, the one person I thought would be the happiest for me was anything but. Upset by his confusing affect, I pressed the matter. ?Aren?t you happy for me? This is what I have worked so hard for, to get the message out there, but you seem upset?? He looked at me and unexpectedly said, ?Now what, you?re going to be some big star and have to start traveling. I don?t want to be with someone who ?? He didn?t finish the sentence. He didn?t have to, as it turned out; his attitude towards me and my being successful was a major culprit in ending our relationship a few painful years and many missed opportunities later. Opportunities that I passed up, afraid he would leave me if I didn?t.
It would take me years to identify and learn the importance of surrounding myself with supportive people. The mutual flow of respect and support is essential to all healthy, sustainable relationships. Whether friends or lovers, we all want to believe those closest to us want for us to thrive, to fulfill our dreams and to achieve inner and outer success. Yet when this isn?t our experience, we might want to look more closely at the nature of these relationships.
Signs of un-supportive relationships:
*Another of what I call my 7 Essential Truths? is surround yourself with supportive people! This may take some work, yet you will have a group of people in your life committed to you attracting and creating what you want. One of my husband?s and my marriage vows is ?I want what you want for yourself,? and the friends I have today are as much fans of my living a rich, fulfilling life as I am of them doing the same. I am grateful every day to have them all in my lives!
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