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We all have them.  We are surrounded by them all the time.  Even when we’re alone, they still linger in the air.  Relationships are consistent in everyone’s life.  No man is ever an island to himself (or women, so I’m not being sexist).  Relationships are what makes our life go round and round.

Think about it.  Our lives are riddled with relationships at every corner. We wake up in the morning and there are our children, husband or even just the dog/cat.  We get in our vehicles, wave at our neighbor and drive to work, to encounter relationships with our boss and co-workers.  We leave from work and go to the grocery store (where we always go) and get in the line with the cashier that we see at least twice a week while we grab yet another gallon of milk.  After we get back into the car, we get a call from a friend to see how our day went and to get the latest gossip.  We go home, make dinner, mingle with the kids and hubby or just feed the dog and love on it for a while.  Mom calls to see how the job is going and just to check in on you.  Then we go to bed.

Relationships.  Humans are not meant to be alone.  God made two of everything, including man so we wouldn’t be alone.  There are various types of relationships:  mother/child, father/child, husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, dog/owner, friend/friend, boss/employee, and so on and so on.  Relationships are part of what makes life worth it all.  If one of your relationships are not going well, then all the other ones become a greater importance or you might lean more on one particular relationship than that troublesome relationship.  For instance, you have a problem in a boss/employee relationship, you might go home and lean more towards your husband/wife or friend/friend relationship and talk about what is going on at work. 

So, someone might want to bring up that someone can be an “island” to themselves with no relationships.  Even Emily Dickinson, who was a recluse, had relationships with her friends through writing correspondence.  Furthermore, even though only a few of her poems were published in her lifetime (her sister found them after she died and had the remainder published), Dickinson still had a relationship with her readers.  Even recluses require some type of relationships with the rest of the world.

Relationships are what makes us stronger as a person and teaches us lessons in life.  We look to our relationships around us for support, guidance and sometimes just to have a shoulder to cry on.  We cannot live without the people around us and if you think you could, try staying in your house for just two days without hearing from anyone and being by yourself.  You’ll most likely start feeling like the house is closing in on you, and you’ll be ready to talk to someone (possibly even anyone at that point).  As humans we are social and being social shows us lessons that we apply to our own lives.  This goes for both good and bad relationships that we have with various people. 

All and all, I guess what I’m trying to say is that everyone should stop for one moment . . . think about what relationships you have . . . relish the fact that you aren’t alone, no matter what happens, someone is there.  So go today, hug your significant other, kiss your children, give your dog another treat and tell everyone how important their relationship is to you.  (I would however discourage doing this with the cashier at the grocery store.  This might freak them out a little bit and  it might make you look like a stalker.  Just give them a nice smile and tell them to have a wonderful day, and mean it when you say it!) 

I love you my friends and family!  You are all very important to me and I have learned so much from you all.  My life would not be the same and the road I’m on is because of all of you in my little world!