If you want more closeness.
If you desire deeper and broader relationships.
And a more meaningful and longer-lasting life,
Remember the word T-R-A-V-E-L.
T is for TRUST
Trust is the glue that holds people together. A relationship will go nowhere without it.
R is for RESPECT
Respect others and let them know that you value them. As Anna Cummins writes, “Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.”
A is for AFFECTION
Sometimes affection means love. Sometimes it means a touch. It always means kindness.
V is for VULNERABILITY
Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Jim Rohn says, “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.”
E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY
Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. The kinds of relationships you make are determined by how openly you communicate with others.
L is for LAUGHTER
Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
For relationships that can really go somewhere,
remember the word T-R-A-V-E-L.