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Any relationship can work.

In The Relationship Revolution, Owen Williams calls on couples to stop working in their relationship and start working on it.

When couples work in their relationship, they compete against each other. They justify themselves, play the blame game, and compare each other's level of effort. It's not long before they say, "A relationship that takes this much work isn't worth saving."

When couples work on their relationship, they co-create the relationship they both dream of. Their focus is on the needs of the relationship. Instead of fixating on their individual shortcomings, they concentrate on the potential of what they can build together.

Then, as they discover what their relationship needs, each individual is naturally drawn to what keeps them from offering their best to the relationship. Before long the two -- individually and together -- evaluate their beliefs about themselves and the world.

While relatively untroubled relationships can easily fall apart under the first approach, relationships marked by infidelity, loss, betrayal, or long-term disconnection can make the journey back to health under the second.

Welcome to the revolution.



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Date de parution 22 octobre 2009
Nombre de lectures 1
EAN13 9781926645124
Langue English

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Copyright © 2009 by Owen Williams
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information and retrieval, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Published in 2009 by BPS Books Toronto, Canada A division of Bastian Publishing Services Ltd.
ISBN 978-1-926645-04-9
Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data available from Library and Archives Canada
Cover design: Robin Uchida Text design and typesetting: Tannice Goddard, Soul Oasis Networking
Printed by Lightning Source, Tennessee. Lightning Source paper, as used in this book, does not come from endangered old growth forests or forests of exceptional conservation value. It is acid free, lignin free, and meets all ANSI standards for archival-quality paper. The print-on-demand process used to produce this book protects the environment by printing only the number of copies that are purchased.
To Ali, my beloved co-conspirator on this journey of life
1 The Revolution Relationships are simple, not necessarily easy
2 Relationship Excellence You can’t mend the fence while you’re sitting on it
3 The Purpose of Relationship The pain of being stuck can get you past the fear of change
4 Words and Actions It’s not what you say that matters; it’s what you do
5 Three Relationship Killers Anger isn’t negative; how it’s expressed can be
6 The Work of Men A man should never change his mind just to please a woman
7 The Work of Women A woman should never please a man just to change his mind
8 The Work of Relationship Relationships don’t just happen; they’re built
9 Telling the Truth The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable
10 Three Relationship Builders To heal the world, we must first heal ourselves
The Powerful Questions
Additional Resources
FOR MANY YEARS I HAD a mentor who conducted her life from a slow and grounded place. She lived with great health until she was almost one hundred and two. She had no children, though she was married twice — her second marriage lasting forty-five years. Mrs. Lillie taught and inspired me to slow down and focus on what matters most. She was fond of telling me that the answers are inside us; that if we can just get out of our own way and slow ourselves down long enough for our bodies to catch up with us, all would be revealed. “You can’t figure things out in your head,” she often said. “Get into your body and get them working together.”
I have written this book in service of the countless people who have crossed my path both personally and professionally and have shared their desire for what I, too, have always wanted: a simpler life — the kind of life Mrs. Lillie modeled for me. I have always known that there was an easier way to be in the world; indeed, in many respects my parents, while far from perfect, lived a simpler way. This book in part is about returning to what has always been, a return to the innocent in each of us where life just is. A place where there is no angst but simply peace.
For many years I have pondered the questions:
What if the relationship I have with myself is the key to what I create with others?
What if life really could be this simple?
What would I have to let go of to create peace in my life?
What if the way I’ve chosen to see my world is really just a dream?
What would I create for myself if I could dream a different dream?
This book is a result of my exploration of these questions; it is my attempt to meet a desire felt by most of us to create the kind of relationships and families that will collectively co-create a healthier community at large. The book is based on two major principles: that we have to get out of our own way and that relationship is a vehicle for our greatness.
Although this book is written in the context of conventional marriage, the principles may be applied to all relationships.
MY HEARTFELT THANKS go out to my sister Shân Hughes, who went out of her way to support me in the writing of this book. And to my coach, Tony Parry, whose love and wisdom are priceless. I also choose to acknowledge myself for the courage to step in and make this happen. I would never have started to write this book if I had known what it would take to complete it, yet I have grown immensely through committing to bring it to life.
There are many special people along the way who have been there for me and without whose feedback and insight I wouldn’t have gained the strength needed for this task. A big thank-you to Don Bastian and his team at BPS Books. In no particular order I want to thank Boris Krul, Lianne Doucet, Jennifer Pernfuss, Chris and Nikki St. John, Eileen Daly, Fran and Dermot Grove-White, Anne-Shirley Clough, Paul Vereshak, Simon Mortimer, Karen and Henry Kimsey-House, Thiaga Murugasu, and Sue Pimento.
And for their creativity I celebrate Lorraine Parow and Robin Uchida, who without doubt enhance beauty in the world.
MANY OF US AT ONE time or another have asked ourselves, “What am I doing in this relationship?” This question is usually a precursor to an intense desire to end the relationship by running away from the tension of the moment.
Indeed, relationships in our society are as disposable as a fast-food container. Many of us try to solve our current relationship problem by getting into a new relationship. Others of us stay, but we might as well have thrown our relationship away. For us, relationship fatigue has set in. Tired of getting hurt, we settle for whatever we can get — usually a bland, mediocre existence that passes for relationship.
Happy, healthy relationships are few and far between. For example, with the divorce rate in Canada at over fifty percent, an estimated 50,000 children were impacted by divorce in 2008 alone. The numbers are tragic and getting worse. At least eighty percent of the couples I coach through relationship challenges are themselves from divorced families. The tone set for them then and intensified today is that divorce is not just an acceptable option, it’s mainstream.
We need a Relationship Revolution, and we need it now. A revolution that would cause us to ask the question above with the emphasis on the “I” — indicating that we take responsibility for the tone and quality of our relationship.
Whether we’re dealing in our relationship with infidelity, anger issues, setting and maintaining boundaries, self-care, money, work, sex, in-laws, or any other issue, we face a choice point. Do we stick with the boring, unfulfilling “devil” of a relationship we know; get out of the relationship altogether; or deepen our commitment to the relationship we’re in by working on ourselves?
I have coached individuals and couples for over fifteen years and have come to the conclusion that relationships are innocent until proven guilty. Unless one member of the couple is aggressing against the other and is absolutely unwilling to change, it is better for the couple to deepen their learning of themselves within their present relationship. I tell them they get to deal with their challenges now in their present relationship or find themselves in another problematic relationship. Because even if a woman thinks she keeps attracting “the wrong kind of man,” that is her issue. Or if a man thinks “women only want one thing,” that is his issue to explore and resolve. The only thing we need to change in life is our mind.
People leave a relationship out of reaction, anger, and frustration, projecting on the other all that they didn’t do or needed to do for the relationship to work. We have become fixated on blaming and finding fault in relationship. We are only too happy to focus on what the other person is doing (or not doing), using this to justify our own frustrations within the relationship. Or we become so fixated on ourselves and what we’re not doing that we turn our criticism inward and feel trapped.
A recurring theme in my practice has been the number of men and women who are still living with regret or self-doubt about their decision to end a past relationship. I am often asked by them, and also by those who are considering taking the same course of action, “How do you know when it’s the right time to leave a relationship?”
I always answer that the mere fact of asking the question means it isn’t the right time. “You will know the right time to leave because you will feel peaceful in your body,” I say. “You will be with the deeper realization that you have done everything within your power to set a tone and intention for yourself in the relationship and for your partner to join you there. Setting the tone is a courageous and loving act. For you and your partner. You will be tested when you finally choose to step in in this way.”
Think about it. If things have been going along less than desirably in your relationship and you decide to change the rules of the system that you have co-created, the other person isn’t all of a sudden going to throw their arms around you and proclaim their undying love for you for finally stepping up to the plate. No, they are going to criticize, resist, resent, and challenge you to see if you are willing to stay in the tension of their truth and stay grounded in the process. Someone has to be a rock in the process and hold out the possibility of something better.
Once we finally choose to step in,

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