Relationships are to emotions what exercise is to fitness

runningI’m not very fit when it comes to running. I can run 5km without stopping but at the end I feel like I never want to do it again, but I run because I know it’s good for me. It helps me to be a little bit healthier and a little bit fitter than I would be otherwise.

In my last blog I wrote about how our minds are conditioned by the sorts of media we allow ourselves to view and experience. Our mental fitness. I’m not qualified in this respect in any way, but I think we’re also affected emotionally by the relationships we form.

How do we treat those with whom we have relationships? I’m not only thinking about those closest to us, but also  the stranger, our neighbour or those who we might encounter just once and never see again. How we treat others and how they treat us goes a long way to how we feel emotionally. If we do all we can to grow healthy relationships with everyone, I’m sure we will feel better emotionally.

If what we look at and experience is a bit like what we eat then perhaps the quality of our relationships is a bit like fitness.

I want to be healthy not just physically but mentally and emotionally too. I take time to choose what I eat and I need to spend more time choosing how I relate to others, so I am fit in an all round sense.

I wonder what I will have for dinner tonight after my run. What are you having?