Life is all about relationships – we breathe, drink, eat, digest, and dream about relationships; we are dealing with different kinds of relationships 24/7 – family, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbours, etc. We have good and bad ones, healthy and unhealthy ones, safe and toxic ones.
I am sure you get what Mark Twain once quipped: “Some people bring joy wherever they go, and some people bring joy whenever they go.”
Whether life is good or bad, relationships influence how we think and feel about ourselves and others as well as how we treat each other.
Here lies the struggle we all face w.r.t. handling relationships and identity formation; many of us would rather stay in our self-protecting silos than deal with relational/interpersonal challenges.
But the truth of the matter is that we are communal people who need to belong, we realize our full potential, and we become ourselves in community because through social interactions we discover who we are and how we fit into a larger story.