The jumbled world of relationships

We have so many relationships in life, more than we realize.  Are you like me and sometimes hear yourself thinking “Oh I must get with that person” or “We should have those people over for a meal”.  Nothing wrong with that, its normal and right. For many of us, the image on the right represents our behavior when it comes to relationships. A few years ago I realized that my personality type gets energy from social interactions. I enjoy being with people. But I also found at times the feeling of “being a butterfly”. With a large group of people, we can flutter from one person to the next and not have any depth.  When my world was turned up side down and inside out, I saw very quickly relationships in a new way, through the model of concentric circles. It put value, order and purpose to those relationships. It also brings realism to just how many meaningful relationships we can have.  I recommend going through the process of identifying who in our lives is in which circle. Also, think through where your friends and family would place themselves in your circles!


One Response to The jumbled world of relationships

  1. Mike says:

    Thought-provoking, Mark. I find myself feeling a ‘failure’ at not cultivating or nurturing relationships with those who are naturally (e.g., family and extended family) in one of the closer rings. Like you, I am a person who is energized by relating with people, but am drawn to those with whom I have shared values and life experiences. I hv found that the latter 2 life ‘variables’ actually alter my desire/preference for whom I choose to spend time with, engage, etc.

    How about you?

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