Golden – EVERY relationship has a cycle


Fifty years is a long time. It is more than half of most peoples lives. Fifty years married to one person is simply amazing and something I imagine only a special few make it to.

A few months ago James’ grandparents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We all went around to his Aunty’s place for a lovely dinner party to celebrate the love and the life of these two incredible people. I lost all of my grandparents quite young so I feel very lucky to have enherited Nan & Poppa through James. They are two people I look up to and if, by the time I get to fifty years, I have lived and loved half as much as they have, I will be happy.

Towards the end of the night Poppa stood up and gave us a short speech and he said something that reminded me of the beautiful picture of the elderly couple and the quote ‘We come from a time where if something was broken we would fix it, not throw it away’. As perfect and adorable as they are I know that they will have gone through their struggles, as does every relationship, yet here they are. That something reminded me of this.

I came accross this a few years ago and hated that I didn’t write it down. A few months ago it popped up on my newsfeed, good ol’ facebook. It is now saved as a draft in my e-mail account. I have lost count on how many times I have read it myself and I have passed it on to most of my girlfriends. I believe every word. Take a moment to read this because it really will change your perspective on the relationship you are in or future relationships you may have.


During a seminar, a woman asked,” How do I know if I am with the right person?”
The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, “It depends. Is that your partner?” In all seriousness, she answered “How do you know?” Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind replied the author.

Here’s the answer.

Every relationship has a cycle… In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to do anything. That’s why it’s called ‘falling’ in love.

People in love sometimes say, ‘I was swept of my feet’ – Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened to you.

Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades. It’s a natural cycle of every relationship.

Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, ‘Am I with the right person?’ And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when relationships breakdown.

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the person you found.

People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does not lie outside your relationship. It lies within it.

I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else. You could. And temporatily you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later.

Because (listen carefully to this):

The key to succeeding in a Relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the Person you found.

Sustaining love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. You have to work on it day in and day out. It takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it demands wisdom. You have to know what to do to make it work. Make no mistake about it.

Love is not a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner), Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. If you know how to apply these laws, the results are predictable.

Love is therefore a decision. Not just a feeling.

Remember this always:
God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go!




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