Today I Offer Relationship Reflections

Today I Offer Relationship Reflections.

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Today, I offer Relationship Reflections. Relationships such as family, friends or others can be so fascinating.

Accordingly, Relationship Reflections would be equally as fascinating.

Think about it? What was the very first thing that popped into your mind when you saw that I would be offering family reflections?

The one thought, or gesture, that was just automatic?

For some of us that is a wonderful thought but for some of us it is a gesture that is less than polite.

I think about relationships very often. I think about the relationships that I have developed and I think of the relationships to which I was introduced.

A great relationship can be warm and fuzzy but a bad one can be cold and heartless.  It can be disappointing or uplifting. Arguably, relationships can be selfish, selfless or somewhere in between.

It hurts us when people do not act towards us the way that we believe they should.  As well, it hurts to watch the people we care about act towards others in a manner that we do not think is appropriate. We are pained when others act towards our loved ones in a hurtful manner. We feel sorrow when we act toward our loved ones in anger rather than joy.

What can we do about any of this?

One thing that we can do is be honest about our feelings. In my opinion, this is something to be very careful with for it is not always beneficial to share our feelings. Sometimes it is hurtful and provides no good outcome. I think the very first step is to reflect on the situation and be truthful with ourselves.  Ask yourself some important questions.

  • Did I see this behavior in a realistic way?
  • Was my reaction to it appropriate for the circumstances?
  • Will I make the situation better, or worse, by confronting it?
  • Do I want to confront this situation? Is this even my situation to confront?

Be well and be happy!

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is a compilation of many different situations and no one related to me should get their panties in a bunch worrying about whether, or not, this is about them. I am not saying that you are free and clear, but it is really uncomfortable to have your panties in a bunch so you may want to avoid it. If you think you recognize yourself then change your behavior.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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16 thoughts on “Today I Offer Relationship Reflections”

  1. Hi Dr. Elise,
    In this post you have taken a complex issue and simplified it with some simple questions. I like the last one – “Do I want to confront this? Is this even my situation to confront?”

    It may be a situation which I am entitled to confront, but the question is: Will my confronting it make the situation better or just exacerbate it. Sometimes it is better to just make a mental note and perhaps even keep track without confronting in the moment. Then, at some other opportune time we can rationally and without emotional upset, have a conversation about the issue.


    Dr. Erica

    1. Dr Erica.
      It is almost always better to wait to confront an emotionally charged situation until emotions can calm and the situation can be evaluated with a more clear mind.

      Dr Elise

  2. Love this Dr, Elise, when I was in my twenties I woke up one day and realized that I was putting more into friendships than I was getting out of them. So I decided to let some people go and paid more attention to those relationships that were truly genuine. I felt better for it later.

  3. Families are so complicated. I had a love/hate relationship with my mother, and it’s only really now after she’s been gone for 30+ years that I’m kind of starting to figure out the relationship and the whys and hows of it. Thanks for sharing this Elise.

  4. Hello Elise! I love your message in this post! Especially in your disclaimer.. Well done my friend.
    Thank You
    Chery :))

    1. Many, many people think that those types of posts are about them. It is good to reflect on ourselves and change what we can even if it was nto really directed towards whoever thought it was. 🙂

  5. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS

    Wonderful questions to ask. Relationship reflections, I like that. All of us can use this advice.

  6. Wow, That’s Great this is Very Interesting Post: Yes I Totally Agreed, relationship Is Very Important,
    Thank a lot For Sharing Me, Keep Sharing and good Work,

    Have a Nice Day ahead,

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.