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!

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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?
    Mike

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