I've been reflecting a lot lately on the idea that relationships are more fulfilling when they are mutual and connected. The idea that compassion connects and advice disconnects is simple but powerful.
When your partner (or child, or coworker, or family member) is reaching out for connection, are you more focused on their thoughts and the solutions, or are you making attempts to know the feeling behind the connection?
Next time you are in a position of frustration in your relationship, try understanding the feeling that the other person is trying to convey, and see if the interaction is more mutual and fulfilling. I'd love your thoughts below.