- A moment in time that defines something, such as a person’s success or failure, achievement or demise, talent, etc.
- A point at which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified.
As the partner of someone going through some of these issues, are you supportive and comforting or do you walk away and leave your mate to take care of themselves? If you have been hurt, are you willing to talk about the issues are do you walk away from the relationship?
I’m not here to tell you what to do or how to respond. I’m here to tell you that what you do and how you handle any given situation can be the difference between success (not without struggle) or failure of a relationship. How you react will demonstrate your moral character and level of emotional maturity. Are you going to stick it out, be supportive and work at making your relationship better, or are you going to give up and walk away?
I have only scratched the surface about relationship issues. Only you can determine whether your relationship is worth working on and fighting for. In many situations there comes a time when you have done all that you can do and it’s time to walk away. When is that time? That is for you to decide. I will tell you that if physical or emotional abuse is involved, you need to walk away! If lying, manipulation or some form of codependency is involved, you should walk away. These are all forms of toxic relationships. Any form of toxic relationship that you may be involved in is one you should walk away from.
Don’t hang on and try to fix or change someone. It doesn’t work. You are wasting your time. It’s time to move on.
If your situation is one of dealing with the stress of an unusual situation such as death, illness or job loss, be as supportive and understanding as you can. If the relationship was a good one, invest the time and effort to help your mate deal with their issues. It will strengthen your relationship in the long run.
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Rick Soetebier is an Author, Blogger, Speaker and Dating Coach. He has been a student of self and relationship improvement for more than 28 years. He is an astute observer of people and relationship issues. Over time and through a relationship and marriage that ended after 25 years, Rick started to develop some of the fundamental principles that are found in his book, Dating Backward: A practical guide to dating and finding your soul mate. You can benefit from his observations, education, research and personal experience by letting him help you make better relationship decisions. Date consciously and settle for nothing less than extraordinary in your next relationship.