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Out with the "highs and lows" of relationships
Originally appeared on spirituality.com
Life can certainly seem like a swirl of emotions, especially when it comes to relationships. Whether it’s looking for friendship in a new school or city, hoping that things go the way you want with a crush, or dealing with hurt feelings when a friend disappoints you, what others think of you and how you feel about them can appear to play a major role in making life joyful and fun—or not.
I’ve found that the hard times in my relationships have often led to huge steps of spiritual growth. Not that it necessarily feels that way at the time! At one point several years ago, a guy whom I really liked disappointed me; I felt like his actions betrayed my trust. At first, I felt caught up in a whirlpool of disappointment and self-condemnation. But after I’d spent a few days feeling this way, moping around and having tearful conversations with sympathetic friends, a simple idea snapped me out of it.