I was feeling really stressed the other day. But I wasn't sure how stressed until I was walking to the car and noticed the lemon tree and herb garden in the corner of our backyard. The leaves on the tree and plants were withering up and nearly browning on the edges, with weeds of grass sitcking up through the dirt. And that's when I knew: I was buried under. And I needed to readjust the balance of my life—fast. So I did. And I have that lemon tree to thank for it. Why? Because I've come to see our garden as the measuring stick of my happiness.
This is the third and last installment in my series on Healthy Relationships. Last month I culled the insight gathered from those who wrote about what makes a relationship healthy, and gave you a basic recipe for a healthy relationship foundation. This week I am going to answer a couple of questions on the subject of Unhealthy relationships. Here were the three most often questions asked on this subject. 1. What are the signs of an unhealthy relationship? 2. How can I avoid getting into one?
Leave it to the experts at Match.com to climb into the brains of singles all over the country and come up with some very interesting facts when it comes to the lovely state of being single. They surveyed 5,000 single Americans to see just how they felt about their non-relationship status, and found that only 6 percent called themselves "unhappy." Refreshing, isn't it?
I stood there in my sweatpants, a bit disheveled, wanting to cry out, "No! You and I belong together!" But that was my need, not his. He walked off, his Bakugan backpack shining in the sun, without turning his head. I tightened my jacket around me. He caught sight of his friend, and slung his arm around his shoulders, a gesture that seemed more mature than he was. They disappeared into the school, laughing, tilting their faces towards one another. And just like that, the cord was severed.