When your first thought is, "What can I give?" and not "What can I get?" then you're a step closer to sustaining meaningful relationships. If your thought is "I don't care if you're my friend or not," then we may be in an immature phase. That phase is built on a selfish notion that friendships are about connecting with people based on something you can get out of the deal. But, this "gimme" culture doesn't bring happiness at all -- only burdens. Loneliness. Superficiality.
I actually heard this morning that when you move between earning $50,000 to $500,000 or moving from $500,00 to $5,000,000, money no longer satisfies a person like people think it does. It's the relationships you've sustained along the way.
There's a whole lot of rich, but miserable people, and as I've said before, I want my success to be holistic -- that means my relationships must reflect success too.
I know that I may write about this some more, especially since I know I have a lot to work on in this department. But, can I just celebrate for revelation and progress? It's amazing when you notice your growth as a human being. It completely changes your life.
Here's to sustaining deeper relationships...