There is an old saying, "without trust, there is no love." Is this true?
Well, one thing is for sure: love with trust lasts a lot longer than love without it.
Are you struggling to find trust in your relationship? Losing trust for a partner is not uncommon. Events
or personality differences treated the wrong way, will erode trust in our loved one.
Insults, put-downs, disrespect, affairs, flirting (with others), mismanagement of business or money, and
numerous other things will all contribute to losing trust.
How do we build trust? How do we stop erosion and rebuild trust?
The answer is ACCEPTANCE.
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It isn't as if certain behaviors are to be accepted, at all times, and just accepted. However, there is no
basis for change or improvement without trust, and the only way to get someone to trust is to accept them
for who they are.
There are many differences between people in relationships. I have noticed, in my own relationships, that
often, one person is tight with money, the other has a hole in their pocket; one is a stickler for being on
time, the other slack and often late; one keeps a tidy house and likes dishes done and the bed made, the
other leaves their clothes on the floor; one is a morning person, the other a night owl; one is great at
coming up with ideas, the other better at implementing them. These differences go beyond the "opposites
attract" theory. Being different is vital to a successful relationship, as these differences help us make up
for what we lack. With our partner's strengths, we are a stronger couple than we are individually.
However, when we put down our differences, and/or try to create a strength in our partner's area of lack,
we convey disrespect -- because we are not accepting our partner for who they are.
If one partner wants to be on time and values schedules, is it disrespectful for the other partner to be
slack, if this is how they operate? Probably not. If one person wants to relax, but their partner wants to