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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

The definition of ‘fast food’ according to the Wikipedia is food cooked in build and in advance, kept warm or re-heated to order....

Slow Fish a great success

Slow Food in collaboration with the region of Liguria, has just finished celebr4ating the event Slow Fish 2007. It was a great success with 42,000 visitors, a much higher number than expected. ...

National Sea Change Task Force urges more flood studies

ABC Wed Jul 11 07 The Mayor of Maroochy Shire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Joe Natoli, says it could be another 12 months before the CSIRO is able to undertake a flood modelling study in the Sunshine Coast region because the research body is under-funded. ...

Treechangers change country culture

An influx of treechangers into a rural community can keep population levels steady but it can change the needs and expectations within the community. ...

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The joys and rewards of social relationships are to be found in creating deep relationships with our family, friends, associates and community members

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
            Mother Teresa

A rich relationship is one where there is a deep connection based on loving-kindness. It is all about where we focus. Do we focus on ourselves, or do we focus on the other person? When we focus on the other person, and that is, when we truly focus on the other person, we make a deep connection. And when we make a deep connection we make rich relationships.

If we feel we have lost the connection we had with the people in our lives, it is easy to reconnect. All we have to do is to take our focus off ourselves and put it onto the other person.

In any social interaction when we put the other person first, we are connecting. How many of us are familiar with the feeling of waiting till the other person pauses so we can say what we want to say? This is very common. Many times, we are more concerned about making sure the other person hears what we have to say, rather than in truly hearing and understanding what they are saying.  We need to put our own agenda aside just for a little while.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
            Mother Teresa

We don’t realise it but when the person we are interacting with feels really understood they will be more open to hearing and understanding what we have to say. We must be the role model. The attitude we take into a social interaction will be catching. If we are confrontational, the other person is likely to be the same. If we are not really interested in connecting, they probably won’t also. If we approach the interaction seeking deep connection and coming from our compassionate centre, they will also want the same thing.