Welcome to Group Therapy:
I didn't have a write in (please feel free to send in your questions or concerns on marriage or relationships for our Wednesday Group Therapy Sessions) so I thought I'd use this time to bring up something I have been thinking about lately.
What does it take to have a Long Lasting Relationship?
What is the secret?
I read articles that friendship was the key...but I think that is to simple. That is why you begin a relationship, but not fully why it lasts.
Love? Definitely...but that doesn't always get you through the rough times, some people love each other and STILL get divorced.
So as I browsed and read and wasted several
That word is commitment.
I don't think enough couples take that seriously or respectfully. I think commitment weathers you through the storms or those times that you question WHY you love your partner or HOW you are friends with them. Commitment is telling that other person, "hey, I'm in it for the long haul, so even if I want to really walk out and leave you and this situation, I'm not going to because I said 'til death do us part' or 'forever' or 'I'll change your diapers when you no longer can'", whatever it is you said. You made a promise and I think believing and knowing there is no other option than the two of you for as long as you made that commitment, I think it changes the way you go about handling certain situations.
Knowing that if you walk out on something unresolved that it will just be waiting for you when you get back to resolve it, may help you to just turn around and face it, get the situation resolved, and move on with life.
Commitment: the secret to a long lasting relationship?
You tell me? If you had to choose ONE thing that was the key to a relationship lasting what word pops in your mind?