It is very significant indeed that physics now sees the whole universe as a web of dynamic interrelationships. When we come to the human person, our lives are also a network of interrelationships. –Bede Griffiths
A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules. The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart’s. To touch heavily would be to arrest the pattern and freeze the movement, to check the endlessly changing beauty of its unfolding. There is no place here for the possessive clutch, the clinging arm, the heavy hand, only the barest touch in passing. Now arm in arm, now face to face, now back to back – it does not matter which. Because they know they are partners moving to the same rhythm, creating a pattern together, and being invisibly nourished by it. –Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Spiritual maturity is an acceptance of life in relationships. –Jack Kornfield
Relationships are meant to be signs of God’s love for humanity as a whole and each person in particular. –Henri J.M. Nouwen
Relationships are the Holy Spirit’s laboratories in which He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth. –Marianne Williamson
A boy and his father were walking along a road when they came across a large stone. The boy said to his father, “Do you think if I use all my strength, I can move this rock?” His father answered, “If you use all your strength, I am sure you can do it.” The boy began to push the rock. Exerting himself as much as he could, he pushed and pushed. The rock did not move. Discouraged, he said to his father, “You were wrong. I can’t do it.” His father placed his arm around the boy’s shoulder and said, “No, son. You didn’t use all your strength – you didn’t ask me to help.” – David J. Wolpe in Teaching Your Children About God
Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others. –Proverb of the Pennsylvania Dutch
A friend is the first one to walk in when the world walks out.
A friend indeed is that rare soul who sees right through us, but sees us through.
A cheerful friend is like a sunny day!
A good way to forget your troubles is to help others out of theirs.
So often our listening is only in part, what we really need is a hearing aid for the heart. —601 Sayings To Make You Smile
What can we do when we have hurt people and now they consider us to be their enemy? … The first thing is to take the time to say, “I am sorry, I hurt you out of my ignorance, out of m lack of mindfulness, out of my lack of skillfulness. I will try my best to change myself. I don’t dare to say anything more to you.” The second thing to do is to try to bring out the best part in ourselves, to transform outselves. That is the only way to demonstrate what you have just said. When you have become fresh and pleasant, the other person will notice very soon. You may not have to say anything. Just seeing you like that, she will accept you and forgive you. That is called “speaking with your life and not just with words.” —Thich Nhat Hanh in Peace Is Every Step
Most individuals have found God most clearly in and through others. The love of others is the love of God experienced in this life. –Wendy Wright