By Kermit Rowe
Encompass Relationship Facilitator
More than half my life was spent as a sports journalist, a life that is now in the rearview mirror. But I continue to see valuable corollaries between the games of the sports world and the game of life. In my last four years as an Encompass Connection Center relationship coach, the similarities are even more glaring – especially in realm of committed couple relationships.
The following lineup of questions is meant to help us create and maintain healthy relationship practices and have one thing in common. If you can guess what it is then you’ll have the key to a lasting, satisfying relationship (Note that the correlating sports terms and phrases are in bold.)
So, have you guessed the key to a lasting, satisfying relationship? It’s good, respectful, understanding, accepting, loving communication. It is the oxygen of any relationship. With communication, relationships breathe and are healing and healthy. Without it, relationships suffocate.
Are you having trouble communicating with your partner? Let us help! We'll give you the tools to help sharpen your communication skills and walk along side you as you learn how to create fulfilling, productive relationships for years to come.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.