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You Can Understand Yourself From These 8 Kinds Of Relationships

You Can Understand Yourself From These 8 Kinds Of Relationships

Life is confusing and messy and sometimes you just feel lost in all the mess and confusion. When this happens, it’s hard to remember who you are,how you got where you are now, what you want and what to do next. Examining the eight kinds of relationships discussed in this article can give you a great place to start in finding yourself again so that you know who you are,what you want and where you want your life to go.

Your relationship with yourself

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    How are you doing your relationship with yourself? You teach people how to treat you by the way you treat yourself. It is important that you get into a great relationship with yourself so that you know who you are and what you stand for. When you have a good relationship with yourself you know your strengths and also your weaknesses. You know your likes, your dislikes, your hobbies, interests and passions and create time for them. You embrace who you are fully and learn how to love yourself unconditionally so that you give yourself permission to be you and do what is right for you. Because after all is said and done, no one will love you and value you more than you value yourself.

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    Your relationship with your family

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      When my son was born, I was scared that I would have to transition into motherhood alone with little or no support. But my family turned out to be my biggest support system. My sister flew across the world to spend two weeks with me and the newborn baby. My mother and the rest of my family all showed their love and support by calling and checking in on me constantly because they could not be there to physically take care of me. I was surrounded by so much love which reminded me that I was special, loved and that I mattered. Sometimes when you’re feeling lost, all you need is to surround  yourself with family and people who love you for who you are so that you are reminded of your value and worth in this world.

      Your relationship with money

      We all have a unique relationship with money. You may ignore it, abuse it, deny that your relationship exists but you are still involved. Your involvement in your relationship with money occurs with every decision you make that money plays a role. You are either in control of your money or your money controls you. Examining your relationship with money can give you and others insight into who you are because how you handle your money is a clear reflection of who you are. Because you can’t have everything you want all at once, you have to pick and choose what you spend your money on and you will always pick what you feel is important and valuable to you. Looking at how you spend and handle money can tell you who you are and what is really important to you.

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      Your relationship with the past

      There are many ways our past determines our present and it is easy to fall in the trap of living in the past. Spending time thinking about the past and wishing things would have been different or better does no one any good. The past is gone and done with. You can’t change it. Continuing to have a relationship with what is already done prevents you from moving forward and enjoying the present. Looking at your past experiences and learning from them without judgement and shame can help you understand who you are and why you do things the way you do them.

      Your romantic relationships

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        Romantically, we tend to attract people who share similar values and interests. By looking at your past and present romantic relationships, you can gain some knowledge about who you are by looking at the type of partner and romantic interests you attract.

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        Your relationship with your friends

        Show me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. Like attracts like and your friends are a great indication of the type of person you are.

        Your relationship with the present

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          You are who you are now, not who you were five years ago or who you wish you could be. Being able to enjoy what is happening in your life in the presents makes your life more enjoyable and meaningful. That tells you and other people the kind of person you are,one who is living life to the fullest.

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          Your relationship with the future

          You may not like your past or present situation but you have the opportunity to change what your future looks like. How do you want the future to be? Who do you want to be? Knowing what you want your life to look like in the future allows you to start preparing yourself and working towards becoming the person you want to be. Having a relationship with the future does not mean obsessing and stressing about what you want to happen, but being a co-creator in how your future turns out.

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          Last Updated on August 20, 2018

          60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

          60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

          Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

            Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

            1. Good Health

            Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

            2. Money in the Bank

            Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

            3. Good Friends

            Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

            4. Freedom of Religion

            Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

            5. Your Parents

            Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

            6. Weekends

            There’s something magical about weekends.

            7.Having a Partner

            Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

            8. Pets

            Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

            9. Learning from Mistakes

            If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

            10. Opportunity to Get an Education

            The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.

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            11. Having a Home

            Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

            12. An Ability to Read

            If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

            13. Breathing Fresh Air

            Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

            14. A Bed to Sleep

            A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

            15. Laughter

            Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

            16. Safety and Security

            Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

            17. Cars

            Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

            18. Sunshine

            The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

            19. Time

            Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

            20. Clean Water

            Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

            21. Cell Phones

            Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

            22. Love

            The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

            23. Books

            Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.

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            24. Kindness of Strangers

            Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

            25. Campfires

            The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

            26. Pain

            Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

            27. Art

            The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

            28. Holidays

            Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

            29. Freedom of Speech

            Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

            30. Rainbows

            The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

            31. Tears

            Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

            32. Waking up Today

            Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

            33. Indoor Plumbing

            Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

            34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

            Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

            35. Mountains

            Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

            36. Eyesight

            Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.

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            37. Grocery Stores

            Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

            38. Sunsets

            Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

            39. Entertainment

            Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

            40. Your Mind

            Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

            41. Employment

            Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

            42. Diversity

            The world would be a boring place without diversity.

            43. Moon and Stars

            The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

            44. Electricity

            Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

            45. Air Conditioning

            Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

            46. Hearing

            Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

            47. Children

            Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

            48. Ability to Learn

            The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

            49. People Willing to Teach

            Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.

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            50. Oceans

            The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

            51. Modern Medicine

            Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

            52. Music

            Music brings out new emotions.

            53. Entrepreneurs

            Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

            54. Warm Clothing

            On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

            55. Freedom to Vote

            Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

            56. An Internet Connection

            It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

            57. Challenges

            Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

            58. Hiking Trails

            Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

            59. Vaccines

            Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

            60. Armed Forces

            Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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