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Published:September 16th, 2012 10:14 EST

The Key Word is the "C" Word

By Michael Teague (Mentor)

    

 

I think a lot about relationships: romantic, marital, professional, as well as familial. I think also about what makes for a successful relationship. In my work as a Program Director for Hospice of New Jersey, I`ve had the privilege of serving people, some of whom have been married for forty, fifty, and sixty years. This is a rarity in today`s times.

     As I have reflected upon this, and I have examined my own relationships, I believe that THE key to successful relationships can be understood by a short rhyme: "The key word is the `C` word." The key to successful romantic, marital, professional, and familial relationships is Commitment.

     What is Commitment? It is making the decision to sticking it out, come what may. It is staying united, for better or for worse; in sickness and in health; as long as the two shall live; it means staying together, regardless of the problems that beset.

     We live in a fast-food society and, at times, a selfish one. Our decisions about relationships, all too often, are driven by a "what have you done for me lately?" mindset. When our needs are met no longer, all too often, we move on.

     Let`s correct ourselves, where necessary, and learn to engage in the hard work of Commitment.

One Love, M.