Building Meaningful Relationships

When I think about the most influential people in my life, people who I admire and respect, it’s hard to pinpoint one feature about them that stands out. In fact, I am hard pressed to think of a single word that captures their best attributes—hard to pinpoint one thing alone that they have done to make such a difference in my life. However, I can tell you one word that I never think of when I remember these valued people:


Now granted we all have experienced a parent “talk to us,” and certainly had a teacher, preacher, and well-meaning adult “talk at us.” But I rarely recall such exchanges as being as powerful and life changing as when an older, more seasoned individual found authentic ways to engage me and then “talk with” me. An old, familiar adage goes like this:

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” ―Confucius

Launching a more vibrant, meaningful relationship with new generations may be a bit daunting, even clumsy at first, but the impact it can have on the young person and you can be profound.  Here’s a couple of keys to starting and building great relationships with next generations:

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