Doing Our Part in Our Relationships -- By Sharon Burch

It seems to me this year, we are being especially reminded that what really matters is that our loved ones are safe and that we’ve done our best to show them our love and respect.

Maybe this holiday season is the time to clean up a messy disconnection in our family or another close relationship. But how do we do this?

1. Admit that a mess exists.

Relationships are not always easy. If there is something messy or uncomfortable between you and a loved one or an old friend, notice it and admit that it’s time to work toward a resolution.

2. Get over trying to assign blame.

Messes never get cleaned if we continually blame others for it. The mess may not be your fault, but if everybody keeps waiting for the other person to take the first step, it will never happen.