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The Cost of Cultivating a Relationship

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. (Samuel Butler) Maybe should state it this way - relationships would be easier if they didn’t involve people and their emotions. Nevertheless, we cannot have one without the other. In Winning with People, John

Maxwell’s Book about Relationships, we learn the Gardening Principle, which reminds us of the obvious, but often overlooked, ‘All relationships need cultivation; and there’s at least a small cost to do so.’

Men and women are different. Here are a few humorous pokes at our gender differences. Hope you see them as fun, but don’t tell my wife about these.

  • A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants; a woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t want.

  • A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend; a successful woman is one who can find such a man.

  • There are two times when a man doesn’t understand a woman: before marriage and after.

Yes, there is a cost to relationships, but is not astronomical. It is rather simple. Here are ways to cultivate a relationship: commitment, communicate, be a friend, create memories, grow together and spoil each other.


The question I must ask myself: Do I occasionally or continually cultivate my relationships?


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