In "Principled Commitment," a Tapestry of Faith program
Affection Connection — Connection
Remaining physically and emotionally connected can be a challenge when a relationship includes conflicting demands on each partner's time and attention. It is not uncommon for couples to end a week feeling as though they've hardly seen each other, let alone experienced a profound sense of connection. These activities will enable you to explore ways of staying connected, even when you are apart by virtue of distance or distractions.
For Individuals: Reflecting on Connections
Spend some time writing whatever comes to mind to complete these thoughts:
For Couples: Staying Connected
Together, write down some ideas for creating and maintaining connection. Encourage each other to be open-minded and respectful of boundaries.
When distance is involved, some ideas to consider include:
When distractions are an issue, consider:
After brainstorming a list, consider whether each idea will realistically suit your personalities, tastes, and lifestyle. Remove from your list any ideas that are not mutually agreeable.
When your list feels complete, select one or two ideas and set a goal for the coming week. At the week's end, review your goal. Discuss what made achieving it possible or what got in the way of achieving it. Set another goal for the next week.
For Couples with Children: Family Connections
Have a family discussion to brainstorm ideas for creating and maintaining connections with one another. Make sure everyone gets a chance to give at least one idea. After generating a list, select two or three ideas that will realistically suit your personalities, tastes, and lifestyle. Set a timetable for when and how you might begin to carry them out.
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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
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