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May 4

   What kind of friends am I with my SO? Do I take the time to laugh, play, and listen to them, or do I focus on trying to change them and their attitudes to make me happy?
   If I look at the kinds of things I do with my friends, I'll probably see that I treat them in special ways. When they have problems, I listen with empathy, and try to give them encouragement to help them regain faith in themselves. I'm eager to learn all about their likes, dislikes, passions, talents, feelings, thoughts, and fears.
   I encourage them to be themselves, because it gives me a wonderful voyage of discovery in finding out who they truly are.
   When I treat my partner in ways I treat my friends, I discover how much a good friendship with my SO really transforms our relationship. My need for normal "signs of love" diminishes, but instead of me losing, I gain a more solid partnership with my SO - one that has love and deep friendship as a magical combination.

Just for Today
   While I may consider my SO my friend, how much do I really treat them as one?
   Today I'll look at the kinds of things I do with other friends, and how I treat them; the insight I get may help me find even better ways of being a friend to my SO. Treating my partner with more true friendship will not only benefit me, but make our relationship better too.

Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding.

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