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Literally, the word relationship means "the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the act of being connected." In the context of this directory, the focus is the connectedness of people. Dating, marriage, friendships, and familial relationships are just some of the examples of relationships.




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Having a Relationship Survive the Loss of a Job


Go to school, get a good education and then get a great, safe and secure job.

Growing up across the poor to upper middle -class sections of society, this statement or a version of it can be heard ringing from most homes. During many years of schooling even at the University level, teachers, professors, and administrators reaffirm the same ideas. In both instances, the guardian set over the students is coming from a place of love and protection. They know the struggles which limit the unprepared individual, but without knowing it, many students and children are being set up to fail as adults.

The 2008 financial crisis made one point very evident, depending only on a classic 9-5 as an income source is not a guarantee of success and it can also be unstable. Many who had great and so called secure jobs as executives among other vocations found themselves in a very dark and unfamiliar place with one question to ponder.

How do I overcome this time of struggle and keep my life intact without falling apart and losing my happiness? Not having stability especially financially can cause many persons to utterly collapse from mental exhaustion.

Discovering a Better Path

Having a great lifestyle is the aim for most couples; many even aim for the moniker of “power couple”. If the only aim as a couple is to become richer, a spouse losing their job can create a huge chasm in the relationship. That loss of income and the unsurety that comes with not knowing what is next can fester and develop into the underlying basis for many arguments and unresolved feelings.

To overcome this hurdle and grow the relationship, one thing must be understood- there is a difference between good advice and God driven advice. Taking and applying the wrong piece of help can cause your relationship to experience a nuclear winter when the issue is more of a flat tire type of situation. The first step is admitting to yourself that money is not what brings self-worth. Each step after this is based on having tough but honest conversations; for example, speaking with the Lord can give you time to reflect on past mistakes and prepare for new opportunities. A key factor afterward is to position yourself for new opportunities as they arise.

Dealing with an unsure spouse who is used to a certain level of comfort comes next. Coming from a place of calm and logical honesty now can prevent arguments down the line. Having honest conversations regarding the changing of a lifestyle is of utmost priority. Things such as seeking a smaller/ cheaper house may be in order. If there are two cars, discuss giving up one of them if there is a monthly car note to be considered. Reduce spending on art objects and focus primarily on needs. Since one of you will have more time at home, consider cooking instead of eating out daily.

Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.

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