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As the smells of Spring brings a sense of renewal and transformation to the world around us, it’s time to extend that spirit of rejuvenation to a vital aspect of our lives – our relationships.
Just as spring prompts us to declutter and make space for the new, it’s a powerful opportunity to reflect on the connections that shape us and embark on a journey of enhancing our personal and professional relationships.
The concept of “spring cleaning” has long been associated with tidying up our physical spaces, but it’s equally important to our emotional landscapes. Just like items in our homes, our relationships also come with their own lifecycle.
Some may be with us for a season, others for a reason, and a few may even be for a lifetime. This philosophy extends to both our personal and professional worlds, highlighting the importance of evaluating the value and impact of the relationships in our lives.
“When was the last time you paused to assess the relationships that define your world?” asks Quinsee, Relationship and Life Coach of Engaged Humans.
“It’s easy to overlook how much influence our relationships have on our well-being and growth. Much like the five people we spend the most time with, they shape our collective identity, and the quality of these relationships also influences the quality of our lives.”
Often referred to as our “circles of influence,” these relationships have profound influence over our thoughts, actions, and aspirations.
Spring cleaning our relationships is a critical exercise that involves self-reflection about the nature of the relationships we’ve created over the years – and are they sources of positivity, support, and motivation, or do they lean towards drama, negativity, and emotional drainage?
Every relationship, much like the seasons, serves a purpose, and some may come to an end because they have fulfilled their intended purpose, while others may need our attention and evaluate their value.
This is where we get to choose to either invest in these relationships or to let them go.
Here are some guiding questions can pave the way for a “spring clean”:
- How does this relationship make me feel – uplifted or drained?
- What impact does spending time with this person have on me – positive or negative?
- Is trust a cornerstone of this connection – do I feel heard, understood, and confided in?
- Does this relationship offer the support I need – emotionally and otherwise?
- Am I truly myself in the presence of this individual?
- What value do I contribute to this relationship?
- Are there any aspects I’d like to alter about this bond?
Sometimes, embracing growth enables us to create new connections – whether it be romantic relationships, friendships, mentors, or role models. Just like Spring, these relationships spark fresh beginnings and new chapters in our lives.
As the seasons change and Spring represents renewal, it’s an ideal opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery through reflecting on your relationships.
It’s an opportunity to breathe new life into the world around us, to assess, nourish, and transform our relationships, stepping into the next chapter of our life with newfound clarity and purpose.