Dr. Hick's Guide to Fearless Living in 2015: How to Renew a Relationship (Any Relationship at All)
As your year of living fearlessly continues, our focus turns towards this unique time of year.
There is an energy bouncing around us, within us and through us and, a renewed hope and rejuvenated spirit—it’s Spring!
Regardless of where you live, winter is a time for hunkering down, eating delicious holiday foods and spending more time indoors—even if you spend them at the ski lodge cozied up to a warm fire.
With all of your energy directed in these ways, it easy to surface from the season with some lackluster feelings about the state of your relationships—and perhaps, with others having some lackluster feelings about you.
Just as your closet craves a good purge and reorganization (followed by sprucing up your wardrobe with a few Spring-inspired pieces of clothing), your relationships thirst for a new, fresh feel as well.
Spending time in the gym does little good without actually picking up some weights or getting on a treadmill.
In the same way, being in relationships without actually working on them will eventually lead to a lack of relational health and vitality. I witness this all too frequently as a Denver relationship psychologist.
Fear of Change
The word “renewal” seems pretty appealing, relatively free of fear.
But, if we replace renewal with the word change—Presto!—fear can appear. Still, it’s good to keep in mind that renewal is a type of change, a mindful way of taking a new look at and a new approach to the existing structures in our lives.
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