Posted on October 2, 2011 by Christine Crosby in relationship

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Weed Out Relationships That Don’t Work—and Strengthen Those That Do

Our economic upheaval has accomplished one good thing: it’s reminded many of us

that the people we love matter more than anything money can buy.

Our attachment to material things—and our dogged pursuit of them—has a way of distracting us from the people we are supposedly working so hard for. But when circumstances change, we come to see that what we thought was so important really isn’t. This can be a shocking, and deeply gratifying, wake-up call.

What’s fascinating is that these are lessons similar to those people learn when they’re facing their own death or the death of a loved one. That said, these challenging times are a blessing and an opportunity. Even if your economic reality hasn’t changed—and very few people have been totally unaffected by the events of the past several years—now is the perfect time to take stock of your relationships.

We all have limited time. We all need to think about whether we are spending ours on the right relationships—whether those relationships are related to our work, our social life, or whatever. To the greatest extent possible, we need to be sure we’re choosing our relationships and not enduring them out of obligation. In other words, before you can fully focus on creating meaningful relationships, you need to weed out the ones that aren’t working—those that are draining your time, energy, and emotional well-being.

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