Life is hard. We try to convince ourselves that one day, everything will fall into place just as we wish. We’ll no longer deal with the sting of disappointment. But, that is a day that never arrives. Friends let us down, we aren’t treated fairly, the promotion we know we deserve escapes us, and we are never fully recognized for the contribution we make to the world around us. And yes, even far worse tragedies happen in the world in which we live. The list of ways that life disappoints could fill this column 10 times over. I know I have grown more capable in dealing with these setbacks, but they still surprise and hurt.
In order for a relationship to grow, there must be quality time spent with the person(s) with whom you are in relationship. On a regular basis, you should engage in both serious and lighthearted conversations, go on dates, and have fun together. Those things seem easier when they refer to romantic relationships. They become more complicated when they apply to your relationship with your teenager.
By Romel Gibson
Recently, I attended the funeral of a man who was a father figure to countless individuals. This man, Mr. Smith, was a retired band director, a devoted husband and father, and an intellectual. During one of his tributes, he was described as “walking wisdom.” Everyone who knew him testified of how they would learn something every time they indulged him in conversation. Out of all of the individuals who spoke highly of him, it was the testimonies of his children and grandchildren that inspired me the most.