If you own a relationship, it is your responsibility to do whatever it takes to maintain that relationship. The cost of ownership can be high, and it goes far beyond the original price of what is paid. The true cost of ownership comes in the form of maintenance. Anytime you own something, it is your responsibility to maintain it.
If you own a home, you must maintain it. If you own a car, you must maintain it. Ownership and maintenance goes far beyond physical possessions, however. Ownership and maintenance comes with anything that involves commitment.
If you own a debt, it is your responsibility to maintain a good credit rating by staying current with your bill. If you own a position at a company, it is your responsibility to maintain a good employee status by doing your job.
Maintaining a relationship involves love, sacrifice, time, energy, devotion, trustworthiness, commitment, and sharing. It is also important to remember that it takes two people to maintain a relationship. One person cannot maintain that which is owned by two. The person who is doing all of the maintaining will be depleted
The majority of relationships fail because the people involved stop the maintenance.. It is impossible for anything to thrive if you neglect it. How amazing it is that so many people forget this. Look back on past relationships and ask yourself, “What could I have done to maintain the relationship?” You may be surprised at how simple the answer will be.