Every Friday I post about one of the lessons I’ve learned so far in life, both financial and about life in general. We’ve all learned valuable lessons along life’s journey, sometimes the easy way and sometimes the hard way. Hopefully someone will read what I learned and avoid having to learn the same thing the hard way. Check back every Friday for a new lesson learned.
Some of the most important things in life are our relationships with other people. Our spouse or signifcant other, our parents, our siblings, our children, our friends, our co-workers, etc. Some of these relationships are more important than others, but one of the primary factors in having a happy and fulfilled life is having healthy relationships with people you care about and that care about you.
Like most other things in life, relationships require maintenance to keep them going. This seems like it should be common sense, but it can easily be overlooked. If you never call and talk with someone, you lose touch and the relationship fizzles. In today’s world of Facebook it seems like it should be easier to stay in touch and foster relationships, but it doesn’t seem like that’s how it works in reality.
I know that during my college years, I was so busy going to class, going to work, and doing schoolwork that I didn’t spend very much time at all building and maintaining relationships. I met some really good people in college that could have been really good friends had I taken the time to cultivate the relationship. At the time, I guess I thought it didn’t really matter. And this isn’t to say that I didn’t make any friends during college or anything like that, because I did.
I think that sometimes we all get so busy with life that it becomes easy to get sidetracked and let our relationships take a back seat to other things. Just remember that relationships need to be maintained just like a car. So take 15 minutes out of your day today and call up a friend that you haven’t talked to in a long time and catch up. You’ll be glad you did.