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Transcript of Relationships
There is one thing that connects everyone on Earth: love. Everyone desires to be loved, and without love relationships can not exist. Relationships are imperative to life because without love a person can not live. In order to have a relationship, there needs to be love, communication, connection, and trust.
Relationships: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected
The Necessities of a Relationship
Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
Julia Roberts states that no matter what, when people are connected they will find a way to each other: “I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together”. Roberts postulates the power of relationships, ultimately conveying the strength of connection and love. Relationships are the most important thing in life and the purpose to living. The meaning within each of our lives is defined by the connections we make. When we create emotional bond with others, whether they were intended or not, those people become sources of strength, leading to an ample portion of one’s happiness; without those bonds, life is lonely and meaningless. The people whom I admire the most are apprised of their relationships with others and believe in the power of connection. Communication is a large part of relationships. In order to have a relationship, there must be communication. Communication allows connection, love and trust to develop; thus, making a relationship possible. No communication would destroy any relationship since it is such a vital aspect. When there is no communication, connection dwindles and trust disperse, therefore no relationship can be kept. Also, connection is dire to maintain a relationship. To gain a connection with someone there must be trust and communication. Connection can not be described anything less than beautiful. I know this because I have been fortunate enough to have a the connection that Roberts refers to. This type of connection is wonderful. Connecting with someone naturally with no effort at all is out of this world. You care about their happiness, and they in turn care about you. The relationship based upon a connection is utterly fantastic and allows a person to be happy. Not only is connection an important factor of relationships, but love is as well. Everyone in life craves love, in fact it is a necessity. Without love, there can be no relationships, which dramatically affects a person. Life is no longer exciting or meaningful, but dreadful. A large part of loving yourself derives from how others feel about you. First, our parents love us and teach us that we are valued and appreciated, allowing us to feel that we are worthy of love. This allows us to develop self confidence and love ourselves, and absence of relationships in life would deter from one’s self worth. A lack of love deters self worth by sending a message that a person is unlovable. To continue, trust is needed in order to form a relationship. Oftentimes, when a person connects with another trust is gained, but this is not always the case. In order to have a beneficial trust is needed. Trust is gained by being dependable and a trustworthy person. When a person is dependable, another can count on you for support, patience and empathy. Trusting someone is a significant step in a relationship because once you put your trust in someone, they have the power to hurt you. Trust permits a person to be vulnerable within a relationship. When vulnerable, a person opens themselves open to that person and new experiences. To elucidate, it is another way of committing to a person.
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Why are Relationships Important?
Communication is defined as the activity of conveying information through the exchange of ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations, perceptions or commands, as by speech, gestures, writings. Relationships decay without communication. Communication within a relationship is essential because listening and talking allows people to open up to one another, ultimately creating a connection.
By: Hayden Johnson and Kira Pahlau
Love is defined as an intense
feeling of deep affection. Without
love, relationships cannot exist.
Love has the power to heal and bring together. It allows humans to be real with each other and to express their feelings to one another. Another important aspect to love is commitment. Commitment creates meaning and value to relationships. Without it, then there is a lack of unity and therefore, there is less value in relationships.
As affection, respect, and psychological support increase, a relationship becomes intimate. Because of the factors of communication, people can harbor connections with one another. Human connection is essential to relationships because it creates a bond between people. A lack of connection creates division among community, therefore resulting in a loss relationships.
Lack of Connection
The Destruction of Relationships through Social Media
Modern technologies have lead to a decay of communication; therefore destroying connections and negatively affecting relationships. In the video, it can be seen that through text messages the man can not see her facial expression, and as a result, he assumes that everything is fine in their relationship. However, everything is not fine and this is seen when Starbucks depicts the difference in conversation that occurs in person. Connection is gained and the relationships flourish when they are speaking face to face. This is also an example of lack of communication because she is not being honest with him about her feelings; thus putting the relationship at risk. Plus, her lying to him is also demonstrates a lack of trust within the relationship. The overall message is that text messages do not convey facial expressions or feelings, resulting in a broken connection in relationships.
What would life look like without relationships?
Me without you,
is like a leafless fall,
a snowless winter,
and a flowerless spring.
Me without you,
is like a colorless rainbow,
a sunless day,
and a starless night.
Me without you,
is like the ocean without a wave,
the beach without sand,
and a flameless fire.
Me without you,
is like a book without words,
a man without a face,
and a child with no name.
Craik elucidates the power of relationships by explaining a relationship's benefits. She does this by portraying the beautiful aspects of a relationship: communication, connection, love, and trust. Everyone desires a place where they are appreciated and valued, and this is gained by allowing a relationship to flourish.
Wilfong accurately illustrates the absence of relationships in life: vast emptiness that contains no meaning or purpose. When she delineates herself without her person, she compares it the absence of the key elements in seasons, thus no longer making it a season or noteworthy. Wilfong uses words like "leafless" and "flowerless" to express that the world is a sadder place without relationships. The author states that relationships add meaning and purpose to one's life. She also conveys the connection between people in a relationship by saying "the ocean without a wave" and "the beach without sand." People are lost without relationships, and everyone desires to be loved and connected.
Meaning of Relationships
Misconceptions of Relationships
"Relationships, no matter what, inevitably fail."
"A relationship will not make you happy."
Relationships do end. However, relationships are not doomed to fail. In fact, if a person communicates, connects and loves another person and commits to them, the relationship will last if both people are willing to work on it together.
A relationship is not meant to make you happy; ultimately it is up to
to be happy. However, relationships can still brighten your day and make you have a positive outlook on life.
When a person is in a relationship, they do have time for themselves. Most likely, a person chooses to spend their time with their significant other, or friend, because that person makes them happy. Even though a person might be in a relationship, they can still make time for themselves and enjoy life.
Gaining weight is not a direct result of a relationship and a person can gain weight in any point of their life, no matter their relationship status. Weight gain in a relationship can be a result of a person feeling more secure with their body, leading to weight gain, which is perfectly okay.
"When you're in a relationship, you don't have time for yourself."
"Relationships make you gain weight, and they add more stress to your daily life."
"Relationships are all built upon trust. From when we are very young, we trust our parents to take care of us and look out for us. As we grow older, we develop friendships based upon trust and commonalities. When our interests change, so to do our relationships. The same go with our relationships between teachers and students. Students trust that their teachers are looking out for the student's best interest preparing them to be agents of change in this world and ready to take on whatever might come their way.
As I have grown older, I realize the importance in moving beyond the definition of family as a relationship. So often, we allow the family we are born in to to be our definition of a family relationships; where as I see it now that family is what you make of it. I am closer to my friends that are considered by my children to be their aunts and uncles than my own siblings. I choose who I can have as members of my family."
The definition of trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Mrs. Smith is our inspiration because she taught us the importance of relationships and how relationships are the purpose in life. She accepted each one of her students as her family and has valued us even when we have not valued ourselves. She spurs our inspiration and is our hero because she has opened us up to love and connection.
My definition of love is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in the Bible: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” I believe that love always overcomes hate and that it is the foundation of all relationships. Without love, our world would be broken and lost. Love heals and brings people together. It binds us into a strong community, and everyone desires to be loved. After the shooting at Arapahoe High School, I believe that faith, relationships, and love brought me through that horrible tragedy. Seeing all of my fellow classmates and teachers reminded me of how much more good than evil there is in the world. Everyone is capable of loving one another and building relationships. Imagine how hard life would be without relationships. As humans, we were made to love and connect and trust and communicate. These are all necessities for relationships to exist. To me, relationships give purpose to life. The relationships that I have shape me into the person I am today. I am so grateful for the friends and family that I am surrounded by and life would be empty without them. Mrs. Smith inspires me to reach out to others and build those connections, because relationships are imperative in life. She teaches me that anyone can be family, and that’s just what she told us on the day of the shooting: “We are a family, and we are all together. Everyone is alright, we are safe. God is good, He is watching over us right now.” In that moment, I began to cry because she reminded me of the importance of relationships and family. I believe that God has put Mrs. Smith in my life to show his love to me that day through her words. It also reminded me that ultimately, we have no control over what will happen in our lives. It is all in the mighty hands of God. He knew exactly what was going to happen that day, and He has a reason as to why we went through it. Only through trials and tribulations, can our faith and strength grow. We have to be knocked down before we get up. When we exited that building, tears rolled down my cheeks while my mouth uttered the words, “thank you for my life, God.” That event opened my eyes to gratitude and to never take life for granted. Ultimately what mattered that day were the relationships. I had seen our Arapahoe community closer than ever before due to the love that was being spread. Love is one of the most powerful emotions, and everyone desires it. For example, in Ingrid Michaelson’s song “Everybody,” she sings: “Everybody, everybody wants to love. Everybody, everybody wants to be loved.” This is important to realize because love is a huge part of relationships. Everyone wants the feeling of being loved and they want to be in a relationship. Love and relationship are human desires and they are imperative to life.
I believe in the power of relationships and that it is the most important thing in life because of my biggest influence and mentor: Mrs. Smith. All aspects of relationships, communication, connection, love, and trust is needed in order for a relationship to prosper. Because of Mrs. Smith I know the value of relationships. Even though December 13th is an incredibly tragic day, I have been able to gain positive insight from the experience. Within the moments of the occurrence, I saw Mrs. Smith in action. Her demonstration of communication, love and trust has made our relationship possible and able to flourish even when we no longer see each other everyday. As the SWAT team entered our classroom and ordered us out of the building, she communicated to us how everything was okay. This communication allowed us to regain composure and stay strong for her. There are multiple instances where she has communicated with me, strengthening our relationship. A particular moment that has stood out to me within our time together is the day of the post it notes. When the class walked in, she handed out sticky notes, telling us to get out a writing utensil. Then, she told us to write the following lines on our sticky note: I am worth it, I am enough, I am capable of love and belonging, I can do this, I can be vulnerable, be seen, be present, be impressive, be you! I still have the sticky note and look at it often because when I look at it, it reminds that I am valued and worthy and I can accomplish anything. Even when I did not believe in myself, Mrs. Smith did. This act of kindness is so powerful and she is the inspiration behind everything I do. Her communicating to me that I am worthy of love has gotten me through most days. Despite relationships being a two way street, nothing I say or do can apprehend how thankful I am for her. Because of the importance of communication in relationships, I will attempt to voice my thankfulness for Mrs. Smith. The love Mrs. Smith shows all her students is astounding. She provided everything we needed: affection, understanding, empathy, encouragement. Through her actions and words she portrays the love she has for others and also herself. Mrs. Smith is dependable and trustworthy. I can honestly say that I trust Mrs. Smith with my life. She has shown her dependability and strength, the willingness to protect her students no matter what, on December 13. When police knocked on the door, and almost busted it down, she refused to open the door in order to protect us from what was unknown at the time. She held her keys in front of her protectively, ready to use it as a weapon if necessary. I trust Mrs. Smith with every ounce of my being, and she has taught how imperative trust is within a relationship. Due to all of her actions and the aspects of relationships she has demonstrated, we have a connection that can never be destroyed. I believe that I was in her classroom for a reason on December 13 and that she has entered my life for a reason. I believe that her role in my life was to save me, but she didn’t save me. She gave me communication, love, trust, and connection allowing me to realize that I am worthy, leading me to save myself. Mrs. Smith is my hero, and is a true warrior who continues to inspire me everyday. Our relationship flourishes, even when we do not talk or see each other regularly because of many aspects of a relationship. Ultimately, I believe that relationships, in order to lead a happy life, is imperative.