In his book "Relationships 101," John Maxwell give five characteristics of solid relationships. I want to share with you those five characteristics in bullet-fashion. Hopefully these points will give you a good reminder and/or a way to improve your relationships.
1. Respect - When it comes to relationships, everything begins with respect, with the desire to place value on other people.
2. Shared Experiences - You can't be relational with someone you don't know. It requires shared experiences over time.
3. Trust - When you respect people and you spend enough time with them to develop shared experiences, you are in a position to develop trust. Trust is essential to all good relationships.
4. Reciprocity - For people to improve relationally, there has to be give-and-take so that everyone benefits as well as gives.
5. Mutual Enjoyment - When relationships grow and start to get solid, the people involved begin to enjoy each other. Just being together can turn even unpleasant tasks into positive experiences.
Few things, if any, will reward you as greatly as the time and trouble you take to understand people. I encourage you to really work at putting these five characteristics into your relationships. Focus on these for the next 30 days and see how much they bless your live. God bless!