Last Monday I arrived in Sydney and stayed with my Grandparents (mum’s parents). You may have seen the video Lyndon posted on You Tube, with my Dad’s parents being interviewed by Ethan… I shared this with my Sydney Grandparents who absolutely loved it and were overflowing with praise for Lyndon (movie-maker) and Ethan, who they’re so proud of.
I went to bed that night so aware of the wonderful relationships in my life, my four grandparents, the brothers and cousins I share them with, my wonderful parents, my husband, his lovely family, my extended family and so many friends, in 15 different countries, and some fortunately 5 or 10 mins walk or drive away!
Ridiculously rich? Yep! That’s how I feel when I reflect on the relationships in my life. Some of these relationships have been in place for a long time and I can’t take any credit.
When my Grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding Anniversary’s a few years ago, one couple was asked for the Photo News “What’s the key to a good relationship?” and their response was “communication”. The others were asked, “How did you manage that?” (60 years married) to which Grandma responded, “Well I think when they came home from the war, he didn’t want any more fighting” .
I don’t like fighting either, so I’ve always avoided it. I have discovered however, that relationships need fighting for, at times. No more sweeping things under the carpet, which will only trip you up (literally!) but having a loving, purposeful, honest conversation takes the relationship from good to great. The Book of Proverbs puts it this way “an honest answer is like a kiss on the lips” Oooh! Bring it on!
Have a wonderful day,
PS. Here’s the video of Ethan and my Dad’s parents, in case you missed it.