by Janine Taylor
A plant only thrives if it is watered. However, some plants need more water than others. Relationships, like plants, need invested individuals to survive and thrive. Similarly, some individuals may require more attention and conversation than others. Understanding your and your partner’s needs within the relationship is key to feeling secure and building trust. This is built on 5 cornerstone acronyms of TRUST:
This is an essential ingredient. Asking honest questions and receiving honest answers builds security. It eliminates the element of doubt or duplicitous behaviour.
Respect conveys the message that your partner has value and enhances their wellbeing.
Taking the time to listen attentively and ask questions shows a vested interest in their everyday life.
Showing others through your behaviour and your conversation that your partner is one of your most important priorities blocks the relationship from any potential threats or predators.
Sharing your everyday life with your partner facilitates a greater feeling of connection and integration which fosters future growth and planning.
Under all of the above conditions, a relationship, much like a succulent, can withstand tougher conditions and still continue to bloom…