Trustworthy partners know that every investment they make in the relationship will pay dividends.
Some sage once said, “You can’t love someone you don’t respect.” We could amend that to say, “You can’t maintain a happy, long-term relationship with someone you don’t respect and/or who doesn’t respect you.” Mutual respect is at the very core of enduring relationships.
It confers dignity, honor, and high worth to the recipient.
When trust is broken, love is diminished and damaged.
But when trust is diligently maintained, love grows stronger and stronger.
The mechanic attached wires to the engine, stuck a gauge in the exhaust pipe, hoisted the vehicle on the hydraulic rack to inspect the undercarriage, and so on. But of course human beings—with all their emotions, blind spots, and baggage—are far more complex and complicated than even the most electronically equipped, computer-controlled automobile.
The verdict: a few quick adjustments, and you’re good to go. Consider this a diagnostic check-up to determine if your current (or future) relationship is running smoothly and built to last.
In contrast, lack of respect leads to all kinds of relational ills—putdowns, dishonesty, cheating—which are sure to sink a relationship eventually.The degree of durability and well-being in a romantic partnership is directly related to the emotional health of each person involved.For instance, it’s estimated that 75 to 80 percent of all marriages that eventually end in divorce or separation have at least one partner who suffers from a deficiency in this area.Usually, issues had plagued them for years, long before they got married.
Remember the last time you took your car in for a diagnostic check-up?Maybe your vehicle was making a strange noise, or perhaps it was for routine maintenance.