Open and Honest

There is nothing more decisive in a relationship than Open and Honest communication.

Those of you who have followed my journey through this blog know that I constantly talk about the importance of communication, and how vital it is to a healthy relationship. If you want to have a healthy relationship, you must practice open and honest communication all the time, every day, no excuses, no exceptions.

Both people need to be practicing, too, otherwise it won’t work!
When one person is communicating openly and honestly, the other should be listening, encouraging them to continue to share, and avoiding judgement or responsive anger. Take it all in, and let it sit for as long as it takes to get comfy in your head before you respond.

Open, honest communication is the key to a healthy relationship, to turn the key, unlock the door, and enjoy the treasure on the other side!

One Reply to “Open and Honest”

  1. Agreed! A valuable lesson I am learning to apply day in and day out is that not everyone thinks the way I do. I can not change anyone, only myself. Nor should the person I want to be with need “changing,” rather appreciated, understood and loved. By understanding I am referring to the above lesson. Growing up I was taught to stand firm in my beliefs and not back down. To be aggressive and proud of that quality. And although I still am… aggression or straight forwardness is best when accompanied with humility. My definition of kind is probably different than your interpretation of it. So if i say I’m being kind, I am referring to my definition… But now that I am applying this tool; I understand and accept that there are other and much more open ways to define kind. Or if I am communicating and state that I would like to have more romance… Then an explanation needs to follow so that the other person is able to hopefully see what exactly it is that I am wanting. But, I also have to be able to clearly and concisely express what I mean when I say romance. I look back on my 15 year marriage and realize that when I asked for certain things and received or lack there of in return… I am understanding why that happened now. Even though I thought I communicated clearly… Hindsight says I didn’t. Everything one travels through gives opportunity for growing, and I’m so thankful that I am able to add much more humility into my ways to keep moving forward.

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