Yet as a relationship blogger, it is astounding to me how often we violate this timeless rule in our most personal of relationships.
In fact, many couples interact with each other more like adversaries than committed lovers. Spouses harshly berate each other privately and in public. Arguments frequently devolve into hateful recriminations and vulgar name-calling. Sex is primarily used as a means of manipulation, and the withholding of it as retaliation.
Of course, traditional resources such as marriage therapy and couples counseling exist to help heal ailing relationships. There are also numerous books, blogs, online courses, and videos which provide more advice to help couples desperate to save their unions.
While all of these tools can help couples improve their relationships, the conscious practice of the golden rule is one of the most powerful, although woefully overlooked, foundational strategies.
Consider if we keep the wisdom of the golden rule at the forefront of our minds when engaging our mates. Exactly kind of impact would it have?
What if we imagined how devastated we would be if our spouses had an extra-marital affair – before embarking on one ourselves? How would we feel if our past mistakes were constantly being resurrected? Might this encourage us to be more forgiving? What if we truly pondered how it would feel not to be appreciated? Would this prevent us from taking our partners for granted?
The power of the golden rule is, it compels us to become more accountable for our behaviors by reflecting them back to us. It is also a reminder that the universe returns to us in kind whatever we release into it.
Is it really that simple? Can consciously practicing the golden rule in your relationship make a difference? Yes it can, but remember just because a thing is simple does not necessarily mean it is easy.
Is it worth the effort? Absolutely! Our relationships are the most valuable assets we have. Which makes it all the more vital we cherish, strengthen and nurture them. The ageless wisdom of the golden rule can help us do just that – if we dare.
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Guest Author Bio
Terez Williamson is an author and blogger who writes about the challenges of dating and creating vibrant relationships in the 21st century. You can find more of Terez’s musings on his blog, RegainYourRelationship.com.
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