Relationships that Nurture Your Spirit

Taking care of mom

Relationships are about connection. 

They are fun. 

There is laughter and humor. 

There are mutual dreams. 

There is support for individual dreams. 

There is respect and appreciation. 

There is inspiration and motivation. 

There is the delight of shared activities and experiences. 

There are adventures and vacations to be explored.

There is the thrill of creating and accomplishing small and big things together. 

There is satisfaction in growth. 

Relationships allow for growth through challenges. 

There is the challenge of healing your childhood wounds. 

There is the challenge of letting go of the need to be right. 

There is the challenge of agreeing to disagree. 

There is the challenge of giving and receiving. 

There is the challenge of balance. 

There is the challenge of keeping your heart open. 

There is the challenge to keep things fresh and new. 

There is the challenge of accepting each other exactly as they are. 

There is the challenge of healing the relationship you have with yourself. 

There are projections that show you exactly what you need to heal.

There is forgiveness that begins within and extends outward.

There is fun and there is adventure. 

There is happiness and peace.

There is kindness and love.

Relationships are about connection.

They nurture your spirit and replenish your soul.

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  • Simon Hay September 29, 2010, 11:30 pm

    Tess, you nuture my spirit.
    .-= Simon Hay´s last post…Healing Responses =-.

  • Lance September 30, 2010, 3:12 am

    Relationships…our connection to each other…such a part of our being here on earth. Love all these words you’ve shared today, and how they touch to my soul…
    .-= Lance´s last post…Think Different =-.

  • Jay Schryer September 30, 2010, 3:22 am

    This is beautiful. These words have touched my spirit today, and that makes me thankful for my relationship with you, Tess. Thank you for sharing this wisdom and beauty. May all your relationships be blessed.
    .-= Jay Schryer´s last post…From Darkness- Beauty part 2 =-.

  • jonathanfigaro September 30, 2010, 4:19 am

    Tess, Relationships. We need them, like H2o. As along as we done overdose on it’s effects and bring only balance to our world. It’s all good!

  • Jill September 30, 2010, 4:37 am

    Such beauty in these words. Thank you for sharing them and for being the nurturer that you are.
    .-= Jill´s last post…Sunday Shine- The Sound of Sunshine =-.

  • Tammy September 30, 2010, 5:09 am

    Love this list Tess. It’s a healthy reminder of how we also should focus on nurturing others.
    .-= Tammy´s last post…Eggplant and the Five Freedoms =-.

  • Jk Hustle September 30, 2010, 5:27 am

    Beautiful reminder of how important relationships are. We (ok, I – myself) get so caught up in worldly events that it unfortunately becomes easy to forget about the things that are most precious to us. We’re social beings, needing love and relationships with others. It’s source of energy, and as you said: “They nurture your spirit and replenish your soul”. I’m now reminded. Thank you Tess.

  • Lori September 30, 2010, 9:19 am

    Hi Tess,
    When I read this, I felt like I was in a raft made of downy feathers buoyed by love and hope on a sapphire pond. Thanks for making my day brighter today.
    .-= Lori´s last post…Be a Storyteller Shaman Start a Ripple =-.

  • Hilary September 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    Hi Tess .. they are us .. they are people ..

    Thanks relationships are so important and do nurture the spirit .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last post…This Earth’s Crust its waste- but yet its offerings =-.

  • The Exception September 30, 2010, 9:40 am

    You said it so wonderfully – Relationships are us and they are desired and needed and wondrous and come in so many forms and are often found where we least expect them.
    Thank you Tess.

  • Alex Yong September 30, 2010, 9:46 am

    Hi Tess,

    You remind (funny, how people like me keep forgetting our real self!) me to appreciate and be grateful for the very basic core value of my existence – culturing a good relationship. We, and our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created to be in a flawless and wonderful relationship. But unfortunately, human did not place much value on this blessing and made a mess out of the true meaning of relationship.

    Your lovely article comes at the right time for me to re-audit my relationship matters which (in all honesty), some are really in a mess!

    Thanks Tess, you are fabulous!
    .-= Alex Yong´s last post…Who Are You- Really =-.

  • Steven H September 30, 2010, 11:39 am

    I love posts like this! They are so fresh, inspiring, and easy to digest. You touched on a lot of key things. The challenges are obviously the most difficult things about relationships, but they are also incredible opportunity for growth. As more challenges are overcome, the relationship gets closer and stronger than ever.

    Thanks for sharing this!
    .-= Steven H´s last post…To Catch An Insight =-.

  • vered September 30, 2010, 12:42 pm

    My kids need to see this, so they know, and never enter – or agree to stay in – a toxic relationship.

  • Michelle @ Following Your Joy September 30, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Hi Tess,

    Beautiful! Yes, I always say that life’s experiences are always, always enhanced…when they’re shared.

    Thank you.

  • Suzie Cheel September 30, 2010, 1:15 pm

    yes they do and in such beautiful and nuturing supportive ways, just like you and your blog both nurtures and inspires my spirit
    thank you
    .-= Suzie Cheel´s last post…Luis Angel Diaz- Memory in The Cells =-.

  • Tess The Bold Life September 30, 2010, 2:07 pm

    Hi Simon,
    Isn’t it wonderful in a world filled with fear and negativity we can nurture each other’s spirit. You do the same for me.

    Yes what would our lives be without relationships. We’d die. I always want to leave others better than before I connected with them.

    You’re so kind and I’m grateful to know you as well. The fact that we met in person is amazing. Isn’t life grand?

    Yes balance in relationships is very important and can make or break them. Thanks for your input.

    You’re welcome. I appreciate you being in the world, finding my blog and leaving me a wonderful compliment.

    Yes nurturing ourselves and others is a step to world peace. That’s powerful.

    That’s what I’m here for…to make days bright and nights sweet. Anytime my friend.

    Yes and you are a nurturer of bloggers. You bring joy to all with your cheerful spirit.

    I think you even put it better than I did. Thanks for your creative addition to the post.

    It sounds like a great thing to do re-audit. I love it…you may want to start with forgiving yourself and others;)

    That’s what we’re here for to learn how to be more loving and we do that through relationships.

    Amen to that…I’m sure you’re setting a great example.

    Yes isn’t that the truth. It’s no fun to have joy and keep it to yourself. Especially when it can be multiplied with sharing.

    You’re awesome. I’m your mirror so the same back at you!

  • Nea | Self Improvement Saga September 30, 2010, 4:45 pm

    What a beautiful post! Relationships are filled with challenges, but they are just what we need to nurture our spirits. Beautiful.
    .-= Nea | Self Improvement Saga´s last post…75 Ways to Show Love in Relationships =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:29 am

      I couldn’t have said that better myself! Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  • Joy September 30, 2010, 4:53 pm

    Hi Tess,
    Thank you for reflecting such beauty..
    May all of our relationships be as lovely as what you have described..
    And when we experience such relationships, may we all feel like Lori described in her comment…
    I shall take this moment to allow gratitude to fill my heart for the connections I have been blessed with…
    .-= Joy ´s last post…Wednesday Wisdom- The Power of Love =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:30 am

      Joy me too! I’m grateful for our relationship both on and off line.

  • Christopher Foster September 30, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Such extraordinary variety to our relationships. There are the close relationships we know a lot about or think we do. There are relationships that haven’t even happened yet but they weill be there in one way or another tomorrow.
    At the core of it all if our experience of relationships is to be the happy experience it can be, there’s love, isn’t there, tess?

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:31 am

      Yes Christopher…that’s love. I wish I learned how to drop my expectations about 20 years earlier. I still pick them up on ocassion! Thanks for the wisdom.

  • Katie September 30, 2010, 5:48 pm

    Simply and powerfully put, Tess. I value our relationship very much. Thank you for this post and for your friendship and support.
    .-= Katie´s last post…How to Grow Momentum in Your Life =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:33 am

      I love your metaphors and joy. The line in one of your posts…you were running and you said “isn’t the sunset beautiful?” And your hubs said, “Just like you Kate.” That’s the love line of the year. That’s poetry in motion. Literally.

  • Alex Blackwell September 30, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Simply and amazingly poetic Tess. This is poem not a post. The line that hits me between the eyes:

    There is the challenge of giving and receiving.

    Smiling large,


    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:33 am

      Oh yes…no keeping score. I threw my score card out years ago;)

  • Preeti @ Heart and Mind September 30, 2010, 11:23 pm


    We human are social creature and without relationship, life will not be same! Love the post and its message.
    .-= Preeti @ Heart and Mind´s last post…Why learning from history is cool- fun Part III =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:35 am

      Yes without relationships there would be no life! And life got more joyful for me when I met all my online blogging friends. LIke you!

  • Keith October 1, 2010, 4:33 am

    Hi Tess!

    Thank you for directing my mind to think on my many and varied relationships. When I do, I am so thankful that I HAVE relationships! We, as human beings, are made to relate…to others and to the universe we inhabit. How we relate to these things will determine the quality of life we live.

    Let us relate to others, as well as the universe, with real love that is demonstrated daily through our actions.

    I know I am very grateful to know you and to have developed a friendship with you over the past…..almost TWO YEARS!! WOW! That’s cool, isn’t it?

    Thank you Tess…you know, you’re pretty freakin’ awesome

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:36 am

      You’re such a great friend and I can’t believe it’s been that long either. We’ll have to meet at Starbucks someday. Isn’t that where we sealed the deal?

  • suzen October 1, 2010, 6:43 am

    Hi Tess! Awesomely Beautiful!

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:36 am

      Yes very cool and you too!

  • Betsy at Zen Mama October 1, 2010, 8:28 am

    Great post…like poetry! Just tweeted it!

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:37 am

      Betsy, thanks I love tweets! And I’m going to repost your video next week if you don’t mind.

  • Keith Davis October 1, 2010, 11:51 am

    Hi Tess
    Stunning photo backed up with stunning words.
    Guess the older you get, the more precious those relationships become.

    One of the reasons I could never work from home is that I would miss the contact with people – that contact keeps you sane.
    .-= Keith Davis´s last post…Two way traffic =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:38 am

      Wow those are some lucky people you work with!

  • Patty - Why Not Start Now? October 1, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Delightful, Tess. It brought me right back to these words I’ve read again and again: “when people get to the end of their lives, it’s not the stuff they’ve accomplished they remember. It’s the people they loved and spent time with.” (Or words to that effect.) Relationships are what it’s all about!
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last post…A Day Spent Outside =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:39 am

      Yes I get that…but sometimes forget it! It’s so true and wonderful. Put’s all on even ground doesn’t it. Or should I say higher ground.

  • Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord October 1, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Tess, this sums up my entire week; thank you! Most of all:
    “Relationships allow for growth through challenges. There is the challenge of healing your childhood wounds. There is the challenge of giving and receiving.
    There is the challenge of balance. There is the challenge of keeping your heart open. There is the challenge of accepting each other exactly as they are.
    There is the challenge of healing the relationship you have with yourself.”

    Amen and praise what you’ve written here, which will be shared around!
    .-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s last post…Interview with Singer-Songwriter Connie Deming =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:40 am

      You made my day. I love you and will see you soon!

  • Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point October 1, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Tess, the last line sums it up for me. And while I’m here, allow me to thank you for our connection. You give of yourself so much through this blog and I value knowing you and having your support. xo

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:40 am

      Your welcome. Your blog is very unique…you have a way with words and I love your values.

  • Farouk October 2, 2010, 12:55 am

    i really like that
    very well written 🙂

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:41 am

      Thanks Farouk, much Joy to you!

  • Clearly Composed October 2, 2010, 9:27 am

    This post just left me smiling. Relationships are all that and worth every delicious, messy, inspiring, frustrating, growth inducing moment. People rock. 🙂
    .-= Clearly Composed´s last post… A Beautiful Day For Blogging =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:41 am

      Yes they are…depending on me and what I’m projecting;) Isn’t life grand?

  • Angela Artemis October 2, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Your post was short – but powerful. We are dependent on one another – even if we like to think we’re not, especially we bloggers. Without each other our writing would be as silent as a tree falling in the forest that no one hears. Tess thanks so much for your friendship and support. I truly value the bond we’ve formed as much as any friend I know and see in the flesh! .
    .-= Angela Artemis´s last post…Are YOU a Brand =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:43 am

      You’re welcome and good point…I wouldn’t have thought in a million years I’d be writing like this and Iove our connection as well!

  • Susie @newdaynewlesson October 3, 2010, 4:35 am

    Thanks for this. It was lovely. Needed it, am going through a rough time emotionally and really enjoyed this.
    .-= Susie @newdaynewlesson´s last post…Don’t Leave Someone With OCD Alone In Your House =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:44 am

      Let me know if I can help in anyway! I wish you good self care and love during this time. This too shall pass.

  • Keith October 3, 2010, 8:18 am

    Relationship is really about connection. It’s more of relating support and trust. I enjoyed reading your post. Keep posting. I’ll keep coming back for more. 🙂
    .-= Keith´s last post…Oct 2- Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Gallery- Part One- Getting Ready =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:45 am

      Support and trust will take us a long way. And I love Norman Rockwell. What a flash back in time. He would have to include cell phones in all his paintings today. LOL

  • Andrea DeBell - britetalk October 3, 2010, 10:50 am

    Hi Tess!

    I love it! Beautiful statement on amazing nurturing relationships. I see relationships as mirrors of parts of us that we don’t want to recognize or are tno ready to heal. You stated it perfectly in “There are projections that show you exactly what you need to heal.”

    Loving blessings!
    .-= Andrea DeBell – britetalk´s last post…Must-Read Tips for Great Friendships =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:46 am

      Yes and sometimes my mirror needs a good shining. Oh how I love to project…or my ego does! I’m so happy to know better. That’s how we’ll change the world.

  • Patricia October 3, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Tess –
    This was a lovely sigh of “YES!” Thank you for sharing with such style and grace

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:47 am

      Anytime…I care about you!

  • Jannie Funster October 4, 2010, 7:54 am

    Ahhhh, you always make me feel so great.

    Back when I was not as together as I am now, I stuck with relationships that did not work for me. But those were lessons along my way.

    I love knowing that being a friend makes a friend. Luckily there are so many awesome awesome peeps in the world to be buddies with, like YOU!!

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last post…You Will Sit In Cafes — a poem =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:47 am

      Dear mutual awesome peep…how do I love thee? Let me count the ways;)

  • Brenda October 4, 2010, 7:51 pm

    Tess, I used to spend more time then I care to speak about ranting about people I was mad at…(this is when I was young, of course) now when I feel annoyed, I know it is something I need to heal within myself…good to grow up a little.. on a more serious note…what a beautiful post…relationships are to be cherished…they make our lives so rich and full…thanks for the post!!
    .-= Brenda´s last post…20 Ways to Raise Your Vibration =-.

    • Tess October 5, 2010, 4:48 am

      You and me both. I was so miserable and mostly stuck back then. Now I’ve seen the light! I’m happy we’re friends!

  • Marko -- Calm Growth October 5, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Wow, I was speechless when I read this, and I’m still speechless now….. So few words, so much wisdom… I feel like you’ve explained everything there is to know about relationships…

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