Qualities in a dating partner
It is not honesty if you withhold information that affects the relationship. Readiness for a relationship on the part of both partners. We need to be with someone who understands how a relationship really works and is not wrapped up in idealistic fairytales or is just interested in staying around for the honeymoon. In a modern relationship, compromise is imperative. Sometimes, it means accepting the other person’s terms. This means both partners know who they are and what they want. Then we stick to our guns and look for this in a relationship before we commit. If we don’t have it, we might let our partner dominate us, losing sight of ourselves in the process. Good communication means asking for what you want, but not being addicted to getting it.
In a mature relationship, we understand ourselves and what we want. This means both partners feel good about themselves and are able to engage as equals.
We should also have friendships and family relationships that bring us happiness. The key is finding the balance here: we can’t depend on our relationship for too much happiness and we should not settle for too little.
The majority of our happiness should come from a healthy relationship with ourselves.
"I'd been around a lot of men who were full of pride, who never gave heartfelt apologies or thought they were wrong. Shy and reserved, Sarah might have never talked to Andrew if he hadn't sat by her at a college ice cream social and struck up a conversation.
Josh had a humble spirit, and I really loved that about him." She's discovered that this humility also allows Josh to be a good leader of their home. But as she got to know him, she noticed his deep trust in the Lord.
You don’t have to agree about everything—just what’s most important to you. We are all human, and no one will be calm and understanding in all situations. It is important to accept the fact that there will be days when the relationship seems very ordinary—even boring.
But we can take steps to actively cultivate patience in ourselves, and seek out this quality in a partner. Many people tend to have an “all or nothing” mentality: they either want a relationship to be exciting all the time or else not at all.