So don’t look for one.
Why? Because relationships involve two people, and no two people are alike.
So how can any relationship be anything like another?
You have to write your own manual. And that manual is one you add to every day. There’s no end to it.
Relationships are complicated. What works in one relationship won’t work in another. They’re the hardest things in the world to get right because they involve people, and you can’t control other people. You can’t make decisions without them, and you should never make decisions without consulting them.
You think there are perfect relationships? I have to tell you. There is no such thing. If you find someone who says they’ve never argued with their partner, they’re not telling the truth.
In every successful relationship there are always times one or both partners feel like they want to give up. Start over with someone else. But that’s not how it works.
Sure there are situations in which there are totally irreconcilable differences…abuse, cheating, untreated drug or alcohol abuse, to name a few.
But more relationships fail because of lack of communication and a true lack of commitment than the reasons I mentioned above. Without each person being able to communicate to the other, being able to express their feelings, and being ready, willing and able to truly listen to what the other has to say, it’s much harder to make the relationship successful.
Trust is also vital. If you can’t trust someone with your feelings, how do you expect them to trust you with theirs?
Where is your relationship right now? If it needs some work, there no time like now to get started on repairs.
And if it’s going along beautifully, you’re truly blessed. Because in each relationship there’s always a little something that can be improved.