Friday, October 5, 2012

How to Monitor Your Relationship EKG

This morning when I woke up, a strange image popped into my head.  My wife granted permission to post a story about what she inspired in my heart.  I told her she is the main reason why my heart beats steadily.  Without her, my EKG reading would need life support.  I'm sharing this because I believe many relationships, when examined the same way a doctor evaluates your EKG, reveal irregularities pointing to danger.  Here are five steps to monitor your relationship EKG:
  1. Get a comprehensive relationship checkup.  Be thorough.  This means monitoring your EKG with every person in your life.  
  2. Decide to make changes when you identify a problem.  Poor communication is a contributing factor.  Failure to set common goals wreaks havoc on your relationship EKG.  Sit down and work out your differences.  
  3. Stop blaming everyone else.  The more irregularities you spot in your relationships, the greater the odds that you are the problem.  The fastest way to fix this is to admit your mistakes and commit to improvement.  Promise the people in your life you will do better and keep your word.
  4. Pray.  Include those you are struggling with.  There may be something going on that is causing pain.  If they develop better coping skills, they will ease up and you will see improvement.  You may be the only person in their world who is praying for their well being.
  5. Get regular relationship checkups.  They need long-term care.  Quick fixes won't last.  Make it a top priority to repair problem relationships and sustain healthy ones.
Thank you, Mrs. Mulligan, for your love.  Your presence in my life keeps my EKG readings steady.  You are my inspiration.

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