5 Relationship Tools to Carry into 2018

Relationship Tools from Favorite Blog Posts 2017

Have any of your friendships been bruised in 2017? It’s been a tumultuous year. It’s uncovered differences we either were unaware of or that we had buried.

What are some practical steps we can take to recover relationships?

Here are five favorite relationship lessons from stories in 2017 that I want to carry into 2018.

1. Embrace the Page You’re On

I didn’t hear the actual sound. The gun shot. But I knew what it meant.

Another story ended? Or not?


2. Just Say You’re Sorry

Julie said, “I’m sorry” to Anna. She wasn’t supposed to. But when she did, I saw Jesus in her. I want to see more of Jesus in me.

Maybe I need to say “I’m sorry” more often.


3. Don’t Take This Personally

He was rude to me. I was offended.

Do we make life too much about us? Everyone is the star in their own movie. What if we didn’t take it personally?


4. Unfollow a Friend to Keep a Friend

Should I say something? My friend linked an article on Facebook that is the opposite of what I believe. Do these dilemmas happen to you, too?

If we get angry on Facebook, should we speak up? Or get off? Or just unfollow?


5. Assume the Best

It was definitely a bark. A dog in the library? No, it was a woman.

We rarely know the whole story. How can we learn to give others the benefit of the doubt? Five ways to assume the best.


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What did you learn in 2017? What do you want to do better in 2018? Please share your comments here.

14 thoughts on “5 Relationship Tools to Carry into 2018

  1. Trudy

    Great relationship tools, Lisa. It was good to revisit these sites. The one that especially resonates with me today is to embrace the page we’re on. To trust the Master Storyteller. I really need to be reminded of this as the new year approaches. Thank you for all your inspiring posts this year. Have a Blessed 2018! Hugs!

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Great suggestions here, Lisa.

    2017 changed me a lot; I had the chance to see myself through others’ eyes, and it tore down the fiction I wanted to believe, that I was following some kind of destiny. In terms of my life’s movie, I’m merely an extra on the set. And that is OK.

    By the way, I noticed that the name/email/website boxes for the comment were already populated with the information of the previous commenter.

  3. June

    I love that these are all based on your posts throughout the year. It really is a beautiful testament to you and your witness here. Your posts never fail to encourage, inspire, and often convict. You’ve got an exciting year in store and I’m so blessed to call you friend. Wishing you and yours all JOY in 2018!

  4. Michele Morin

    I love this idea of gleaning lessons from previous blog posts. Sometimes I’m so forward focused, I forget to look over my shoulder.
    I remember reading these posts, so it’s great to get a refresher!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Michele. I tend to be more of a planner like you too. I think it just comes more naturally to some of us, whereas others are so good at gleaning lessons from the past. I have to stop and remind myself to do that more often.

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