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Traits of Healthy Relationships

Nothing can bring more joy to life than beautifully fulfilling relationships. The depth of meaning, understanding and appreciation that these kinds of relationships bring is almost unfathomable. And, of course, as many people find out, nothing can bring so much pain as a broken relationship with someone dear to you.
Yes, relationships make the world go ’round. For better or for worse. But the exciting thing is that we can do much to increase our chances of having terrific relationships—relationships that are fulfilling and exciting, rich with meaning, joy and love. There are basics that govern most human relationships and these basics are what I want to cover below. So here is my list of the eight essentials that I believe make up the basics of healthy relationships.
1. Love. Now, this all depends on your definition of love. Most people think that love is a feeling, but I would strongly debate that point. Actually, the concept of “like” is really about feelings. When you say you like someone, you are talking about how you feel. But when you say that you love someone, you are not necessarily talking about how you feel about them. Love is much deeper than a feeling. Love is a commitment we make to people to always treat that person right and honorably. Yes, for those we become especially close to, we will have feelings of love, but I believe it is time for us to re-examine what we mean by love. We must expand our definition of what love means by including the commitment aspect of love. For healthy relationships, we must love everyone. We may not like them based on how we feel about them, but we should love them based on our definition of love above which in turn determines how we should act toward them; that is, treat them right and honorably. This is the basis of all healthy relationships.
2. Serving Heart. My good friend Zig Ziglar says frequently that “you can have everything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want out of life.” The concept he is talking about is having a heart and life that is focused on serving other people. The Bible puts it this way: consider others’ interests as more important than your own. This is also fundamental to healthy relationships.
3. Honest Communication. In any good relationship you will find open and honest communication. Communication is so important because it is the vehicle that allows us to verbalize what is inside us and enables it to connect with another person. Isn’t communication amazing? One person is feeling one thing, and through communication, another person can find that out and feel it too—amazing. And this is a vital goal in good relationships—to communicate, to tell each other what we are thinking and what we are feeling. It enables us to make a connection. Sometimes we are the one speaking and other times we are listening. Either way, the central tenet is communication for the sake of building the relationship and making it stronger. And here’s what’s exciting: If we just communicate, we can get by. But if we communicate skillfully, we can work miracles!
4. Friendliness. Put simply, relationships just work better when we are friendly with others. Being friendly can cushion the bumpy ride we sometimes experience in our relationships. Cheerfulness goes a long way toward building lasting relationships. I mean, nobody wants to be around a grump, do they? The fact is that the friendlier you are the more you are going to have people who want to pursue longer-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with you. So cheer up, put on a smile, have kind words to say to others, treat people with a great deal of friendliness and you will see your relationships improve.
5. Patience. People being people, we have an awful lot of time for practice in the area of patience. People are not perfect and will constantly fail us. And conversely we will fail other people. So while we try to have more patience for others, we need their patience as well. So often, I think relationships break down because people give up and lose patience. I am talking about all kinds of friendships, marriages, business relationships, etc. Recent research has shown that those marriages that go through major turmoil, and then make it through, are very strong after doing so. Patience wins out. Those who give up on relationships too early, or because the other person isn’t perfect, often forget that their next friend, their next spouse or business partner will not be perfect either! So we would do well to cultivate this skill and learn to have more patience.
6. Loyalty. Loyalty is a commitment to another person. Sadly, loyalty is often a missing element in many relationships today. We have forgotten what it means to be loyal. Our consumer mentality has affected this to some degree. People are no longer loyal to a product. And unfortunately, many companies are not loyal to their clients or patrons. Regrettably, this has spilled over into our relationships. It is one thing to switch brands of dishwashing detergent. It is another thing altogether to switch friends. Sometimes we just need to commit to being loyal and let the relationship move forward. We need a higher level of stick-to-it-iveness! This kind of loyalty will take our relationships to a much deeper level. What a powerful and secure feeling of knowing that you have a relationship with someone who is loyal to you and you to them—that neither of you is going anywhere even when things get tough. Wow, how powerful!
7. A Common Purpose. One of the basics of healthy relationships is to have a common purpose, and oftentimes this is a component that is initially overlooked, but for a long-term, long-lasting relationship it is vital. Think about how many friends you have met through the years while working on a common purpose. Maybe it was someone you met while participating in sports, while working on a political campaign, attending church, at your office, or anything that brought you together to work on a common purpose. You had that strong common bond of purpose that brought you together and held you together. Working together, building together, failing and succeeding together—all while pursuing a common purpose—is what relationships are made of. Find people with whom you have common purposes and sow the seeds of great relationships, and then reap the long-lasting benefits.
8. Fun. All good relationships have some element of fun. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean loud, raucous fun, though that is appropriate for some relationships. But even in business relationships there should be some fun. It should be fun to do business with those who you are going to have a long-term business relationship with. Fun brings enjoyment to the relationship and that is important. I think that oftentimes this key element can be easily forgotten or neglected in our family and spousal relationships. The fun things we did initially in a new relationship after a while can be taken for granted or simply fall by the wayside and we stop creating the fun and joy. So remember to consciously craft fun situations and moments, for these are the glue that hold our memories together and make our lives sweet.
There are so many key ingredients to making and maintaining great, long-lasting relationships. Each of the eight components we discussed brings unique dynamics and rewards to your relationships. Let’s begin to focus on improving our relationships in these areas and see what miracles occur!

Animals Of The Celtic Zodiac

The Celts were very connected with animals and honored the animals and that is why they made animals part of the zodiac signs. The Celts saw animals as having some characteristics that can be associated with human personalities. The animal qualities are given to people based on the date they were born. Let's discover more about the Animal signs of the Celtic Zodiac and look at the characteristics of each one.

Celtic animal signs and their meanings

Stag/deer December 24 January 20 These people can do all they can to fulfill their aspirations. Nothing can deter them from fulfilling their dreams. This is because they are persistent, thorough and patient by nature. For them, the cliché sky is the limit is their slogan. Naturally noble, they believe in hard work and not in shortcuts to success.Integrity is part of a stags trademark.

Cat January 21 February 17 In the realm of intellect, the cat is the main player given their sharp wit and quick-mindedness. They possess that six mental sense that helps them in spotting the underside in situations. Whenever fresh new perspectives are needed, they are the people to be called on board as they possess unorthodox vision. They are observant and this may make them seem aloof in some situations. With good intentions for others, they need an outlet to express their creativity.

Adder/snake February 18 April 14 They are very lively but have a cool exterior at the same time. Always curious and seeking answers to things like how the world work and how people work, adders are to be found in a questioning mode even if they do not ask it loudly. Natural communicators by nature, they can be very persuasive. They are very good in drumming loyalty for their cause to succeed with their enthusiasm and zeal. Despite the fact that they are very flexible they become uncooperative if you try to push them to a corner.

Fox March 18-April 14 Extremely cunning, Foxes know how to impact people using their sexy humor. Their bright intelligence simply makes them untamable. Adventures and vacations are what makes their day. They are storytellers and everything they experience in their life is a story to be told. Cracking jokes may make them seem like people with no tender hearts which is not the case. Highly energetic and courageous, they are very loyal to their friends.

Cow /bull April 15-May 12 They are the kind of people to give you a shoulder you can cry on. They give you solid advice and honest opinions. Highly intuitive, you can mistake them as overemotional or moody. Lies to them are things they can easily detect. They hold elegance in high regard in terms of fashion and décor. They are also secret keepers.

Seahorse May 13 June 9 They are very good in legal matters and managing finances. Their minds are very sharp and they are also very good memorizers. They are charismatic and can also easily blend into any given environment. They enjoy being adored and reciprocate it.

Wren June 10-July 7 To cheer friends and family, they can use sweet melodies. They can simply be described as natural caregivers. They maintain their cool even in tense situations. Working solo is what works in their case. Moral integrity and a sense of responsibility are top in their list.

Horse July 8-August 4 With their talents and confidence, they can be very competitive especially in business matters. Charming and at times flirty, they are charming and gregarious. They are also skilled in carrying themselves with authority and style. Despite the fact that they can make good leaders, they are contented in helping their community.

Fish /salmon August 5- September 1 They are naturally intuitive but do not make it known. They make the best visionaries, poets and artists. They have a unique approach in how they view the world. They at times need their own time in isolation to be more creative.

Swan September 2- September 29 They a keen eye for beauty and very eloquent in expressing themselves. They may be mistaken as detached people as they are very refined and noble. They are very passionate in relationships and also regarded as aristocrats by nature. They are specific in details and organized.

Butterfly September 30- October 27 They are very social and are those usually on the phone chatting. They cannot be tied in one place for so long. They are very cheerful and magnetic. They are empathetic and hate hurting people. They like seeing other people happy.

Wolf/hound October 28- November 24 They have a sense of purpose that see them go to great lengths to achieve their vision. They are brave, fearless and rarely compromise. Challenges are what they like most as it gives them stamina. They are strong willed and become your friend if you share their cause.

Hawk November 25- December 23 They are much focused and go after what they want with a determined force. They like sharing knowledge with others as they care deeply about wisdom. Generosity and philanthropy are part of their nature. They are also philosophical and open minded.

Picking A Great Career With Astrology

Are you happy with your current job or career? Perhaps you have been thinking that you may have made the worst possible choice. You could have the necessary skills and degrees necessary to go in a completely different direction, one that would make you much happier, but you are afraid of not making it. This is a common thought that many people have when they are at a job that makes them miserable, yet they are getting a steady paycheck. In order to decide whether or not you should move on to something else, you might want to consider using astrology. Whatever your view it just might be worth some of your time to research choosing careers by horoscopes like Capricorn for example.

How Astrology Can Guide Your Thinking

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Astrology is the study of how the sun, moon, stars, planets and also the date of your birth can play a role in choosing certain pathways in your life. This information is often looked at by people that are searching for a new person to be with, or in this case, a new career, and many have had great success. Sometimes the tips and strategies that are given to you by people that you know, even though they may have your best interest at heart, may not be the best information for you to utilize. Instead, you should consider using this ancient esoteric practice of considering the day of your birth in relation to current configurations of stars and planets in the sky to make tough decisions.

Can Astrology Forecasting Actually Help You Find A Great Career?

Astrology has helped a multitude of people change direction and move into a career that is much more applicable for them. Sometimes we get a job and simply stick with it for the sole reason that we are afraid that we will lose our steady stream of income. Instead, you might want to consider all of your options when making a large choice like this and astrology definitely comes into play. It's like getting a third perspective on a situation, a way of looking in at your current situation in order to make a better choice with your life.

Once you have decided that working with an astrologer is probably a good decision, you should find one that is in your area. You may also look on the web in contact people to their website, regardless of where they live. You can get this information back in a matter of hours in some cases, a full overview of how astrology may be affecting your life right now. By looking at the signs from the stars and planets, in relation to the astrological sign of your birth, it can help provide you with the information and insight that you need to think about choices and get a much more rewarding and happier career.