The older I get (and this year I got ALOT older as evidenced by more greys than browns on my head!), the more I become aware of what is important to me in relationships with others.
Kindness. Kindness to me is defined as the cross between being nice and being sincere.
Empathy. Accepting other people's situations, being able to put yourself in other people's shoes.
Communicativeness. Having an open enough heart to keep the lines of communication open, even if there are differences of opinions. A relationship is like a house. You should be able to rearrange the furniture without the walls caving in.
Respect. Arethra Franklin had this one right. Without respect for the opinions, situation, and circumstance of another person- in short, if there is not equality between two people-- there can be no true relationship.
Trust. It's not a very good basis for a relationship if you fear that a person is going to pull the rug out from under your feet while you are not looking! Trust is essential to a good, honest relationship.
Pretty simple stuff. What do you think? What is important to you in your relationships? I would love to hear from you.