Last Monday I arrived in Sydney and stayed with my Grandparents (mum’s parents). You may have seen the video Lyndon posted on You Tube, with my Dad’s parents being interviewed by Ethan… I shared this with my Sydney Grandparents who absolutely loved it and were overflowing with praise for Lyndon (movie-maker) and Ethan, who they’re so proud of.
I went to bed that night so aware of the wonderful relationships in my life, my four grandparents, the brothers and cousins I share them with, my wonderful parents, my husband, his lovely family, my extended family and so many friends, in 15 different countries, and some fortunately 5 or 10 mins walk or drive away!
Ridiculously rich? Yep! That’s how I feel when I reflect on the relationships in my life. Some of these relationships have been in place for a long time and I can’t take any credit.
When my Grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding Anniversary’s a few years ago, one couple was asked for the Photo News “What’s the key to a good relationship?” and their response was “communication”. The others were asked, “How did you manage that?” (60 years married) to which Grandma responded, “Well I think when they came home from the war, he didn’t want any more fighting” .
I don’t like fighting either, so I’ve always avoided it. I have discovered however, that relationships need fighting for, at times. No more sweeping things under the carpet, which will only trip you up (literally!) but having an loving, purposeful, honest conversation takes the relationship from good to great. The Book of Proverbs puts it this way “an honest answer is like a kiss on the lips” Oooh! Bring it on!
Have a wonderful day,