I live on the central east coast of Florida, so summer is the time for things to slow down a little, be a little more relaxed – not that there is so much hustle and bustle in the fall and winter months here – but there are less snowbirds on the road and a lot more summer drinks being poured.
Now, with that said, I am going to get into relationships. Wouldn’t it be great if our relationship with our spouse or special partner was always pleasant and on an even keel? No glares or misunderstandings. No arguments. Well, that just doesn’t happen in real life. We do argue – we do fight – we do have misunderstandings and we certainly “glare”. However, remember this advice: Women need to talk – men need to be understood – and we all need some space from time to time.
Summer can offer us much more of a scenario for talking, being understood and creating space. Of course, where I live, we take off to the beach on Friday evening for some quiet time, sitting in our chairs, watching the ocean and sipping a cocktail. It has a great nullifying effect. Wherever you are though, you probably can take a walk around the block, go for bike ride, or chat with a friend over the backyard fence. Or work in the yard – that’s great for relieving stress. Just don’t take everything so seriously – after some time has passed talk again but try to start the conversation with an easy tone and, hey, maybe a joke.
As I have mentioned, I am not an expert – but this sounds like good advice to me – maybe a little trite, because we all know that sometimes it’s very hard to forgive if someone has been very hurtful. However, if the relationship is worth salvaging, then we must figure out a way to work through the hurt and get to the other side.
Hope your summer begins happy and you have some wonderful “summer nights“ - and remember, forgiveness is essential in any relationship.