I love how my One Word finds me. I thought it was only a January 1 that I realized what a wonderful word I have the pleasure of learning from this year. As I sat down for My 500 words (Day 2), I opened my word processor, which also opened the last document I saved, on December 19. Would you believe the last word I had typed in ALL CAPS was my One Word: RELATIONSHIP.
- the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
- the state of being connected by blood or marriage.
- the way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other.
The state of being connected. Relationship means connection. Connection brings relationship. Love it. A circular way of doing things. A good way
It is terrific to think about relationship. There are many ways relationship work. First, the relationship one develops with father and mother. Follow that by relationship with siblings, sisters and brothers. Then extended family, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins. And further on teachers and classmates. We continue our relationship building throughout life.
Some of us develop a relationship with a special person, who becomes a spouse. Others have trouble with the romantic relationship. But all of us have relationships, some good, some bad, others indifferent, but all shaping us in ways we don’t see. Sometimes for the better, other times for worse, and even neutral ways.
People in my life who have made a big impact are my father and mother. I’m fortunate to be able to spend time with both. Mom is still healthy and working. Dad is living with Alzheimer’s. My relationship with Dad has changed, now that he is living in a nursing home and unable to communicate in the traditional sense.
Mom works at the same place I now work. So this has been a different change. When I was young, I worked with Dad. Now that I am older, I’m working in the same job as Mom.
Seeing family on a daily basis has been good for this single guy. I still miss friends in Freddy, but definitely don’t regret making the move home. I feel happier, and even satisfied in doing the job I do. I have the opportunity to make people happy. I was told today that “you are the man” when I got things going for the person calling me.
I need to remember this sense of relationship and connection, as I build my photography into a business. Relationship means caring for people as people. Finding connection with them, on a level they relate. And to do this genuinely. I pray and hope that I can do this. I know I can.
Moving home after 15 years away can be daunting. Having a limited social network won’t last forever. This happens by getting out and meeting people, being friendly and willing to chat with anyone will be key assets to re-establishing my relationship with the community of Miramichi.
The same way we develop interpersonal relationship is the way we develop community relationship. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is important. I’ll admit it readily. I’d rather be quiet, alone doing my own thing, than partying it up with a bunch of people I barely know.
This year of RELATIONSHIP will be a very interesting one. And I hope to have you along for the ride, as I keep working on my 500 words. And for the record, defining relationship above took 50 words, copy and paste. So I made sure I overcompensated with my word count. Ending with 614.
What relationship in your life has shaped you the most?