Many relationships die a slow and painful death due to neglect. As J. K. Rowlling said, "Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike." Ask yourself, “In what ways might I be indifferent in my relationship? Where has apathy crept in? Do you make an effort to connect each day? Do you find ways each day to show and tell your partner that you love him or her; that you are grateful for who they are and what they do? If you find signs of indifference in your relationship, you will need to act fast to counteract the damage:
- Listen with both ears and your heart. Let your partner know that you care about what they think and how they feel.
- Take time for your relationship. Every day say and do something loving for your partner.
- Be careful about special days. Remember and honor birthdays, anniversaries and other days that are special to the two of you.
- Enthusiastically support your partner’s dreams. When something is very important to your partner, it should be important to you, because your partner is important to you.
You damage your relationship when you disregard or ignore your partner or the things that are important to your partner. Your indifference gives your partner the clear message that you do not care about what s/he cares about; it may also send the message that you do not care about him/her.
Do not allow your relationship deteriorate due to neglect. Choose to be generous with your time and your love.