Relationships are no different than any other aspect of life: without maintenance they deteriorate!
At work, misunderstandings lead to conflict that ultimately affects productivity, customer service, profitability, and even employee retention. People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. Too often an ounce of prevention would be much better than a pound of cure.
Socially, we take a long time to reach a strength of friendship that can withstand the mistakes that come. The stress of misinterpreted motives, or poorly-considered actions, can hinder a friendship un-necessarily.
These effects are often multiplied in romantic relationships because there is a closeness that serves to increase friction when something gets in the midst.
Understanding can’t remove every issue, but it can help to de-personalize the inevitable conflicts that arise whenever you put two human beings in the same space. Understanding comes much more easily when outside eyes are invited to look into your relational spheres and coach you.
You invest in lawn care to deal with the weeds, ragged edges, and dead spots that show up in your lawn. It’s a small price to pay for the pleasure of that green space on a sunny day. Why not do the same with your relationships?