Rule Number Ten – Continue to Grow Beyond Your Own Limitations.
All human beings need both security and challenge, whether alone or in a relationship. Too much predictability seduces boredom and eventual decay. Too many risks can undermine the comfort of familiarity.
The partners in long-term, successful relationships know that they must preserve discovery, both within and between themselves. Every person knows where he or she is “locked-in” and where they are flexible. Openness to new ideas and adventures challenges the status-quo but introduces the differentness that makes for depth and possibility.
Just think what it would be like to read the same book every year. Some of the passages would still be exciting and interesting, but all would lose their luster if they were simply repeated exactly as they were once written. When the partners in a long-standing relationship tell me they can finish each other’s sentences, I am not happy. Why bother talking if you will always know what the other partner is going to say?
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