Maybe I am extremely lucky to have found someone 30 years ago and we are closer now than ever before. We are very different people, but flow together in a way that feels totally natural.
My first relationship was not like that. It had extreme ups and downs from the beginning. Despite that, it lasted 18 years. Now I’m giving you some idea of my age, right?
When you talk about stability in “things,” I believe your definition of things includes stuff like emotional stability, commitment, and all the external factors that take a toll on a relationship. When thinking about things, a significant part of modern relationship problems is materialism and financial well-being. When people are struggling, they often become irritable. When both partners are working hard, they often feel burned out when they come together. It’s as though life is eating away at the love in a relationship.
When it comes to material things, I am reminded of what author “Og Mandino” said: true security lies not what a person has, but with what they can do without." Too often, the struggle in a relationship has to do with trying to get “things.” One “thing” is shelter. People tend to seek something in the upper limit of what they can afford instead of something they could more easily afford. Then there are those who must have the latest model of the most hoggish vehicle they can find.
I agree with the Zen like approach to life. I also feel that the single most important factor that makes a relationship work is unconditional love. Even if people are struggling, not happy with each other’s habits or ideas about how to live, manage finances, etc. if there is an omnipresent energy of unconditional love, all of those problems can either be worked through or tolerated.
Some people feel that emotional addiction or codependence is love, but a relationship with those elements is fraught with expectations and disappointments, and one or both partner’s love is likely to burnout. I believe relationship counseling can help those partnerships survive and even become fulfilling.
Too often, I hear yelling and name-calling in relationships. I don’t believe love can be present while at the same time disrespecting a person. Maybe they love each other between fights, but the unconditional commitment to love cannot be present. My ex used to yell and call me names, which really may be feeling rotten when she did it in front of the kids. I refused to yell back or call her names. Because I didn’t “fight back,” I couldn’t help but feel that my kids didn’t respect me. As it turned out, they told me they respected me more because I didn’t resort to yelling and name-calling.
I feel that I’ve digressed a bit, but somehow I feel that sharing this little bit will help.