“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”-Khalil Gibran
Setting healthy boundaries is necessary for a relationship to grow; it is part of the dance of a partnership between two people. If we don’t set boundaries then the relationship becomes one-sided, where one person always gets their way while the other person’s personal happiness is sacrificed. This is why it is necessary to voice one’s concerns when a friend/partner/family member does something that bothers your inner harmony.
Knowing how to listen is also a necessary part of this dance, this means that if someone comes to you and tells you that something that you did or said hurt, then you must put yourself aside for a moment and put yourself in their shoes. Try to see their point of view even if what they are sharing may seem invalid because what they are sharing is valid to them, once they let go of what they need to say, then- and only then- may you share your side of the story.
Relationships are one of life’s golden tokens, there are two sides to it, both are equally important giving balance to one another.