I was asked the other day what is my definition of "the ideal relationship". So here it is:
Two partners who are committed to help each other to have the best possible lives while respecting each other's differences.
This is obviously not so easy to do as what might help one person to have a good life may create pain for the other and thus raises many questions and challenges. Who should make the sacrifice and when do you take care of yourself versus helping your partner? What does the best possible life mean anyway? How can you respect each other's differences if your partner has an addiction?
If you have any thoughts or feedback about the challenges of a committed relationship, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will write more about this topic in the next few weeks.