Relationships during tough times

Hi Lovies, It’s your favorite farming yogi, Tei, The NeoUrbanist. Living through a global pandemic has been rough on all of us in so many ways. As the holidays approach I wanted to talk about relationships. A friend mentioned the struggle she faced with some of her relationships ending during this global pandemic. I shared a love story found in the Bible from the Book of Ruth. Rather than focus on the actual love story of Ruth and Boaz, I wanted to bring light to the relationships between the three women in the story.  I will sum it up quickly for you.

Three women (Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah) were faced with tragedy, and all became widows. With no spouses to provide for them, Naomi (the matriarch) makes the decision to send her daughter in laws back to their families because she is returning to her homeland.  When presented with the option to return home, Orpah returned to her family, but Ruth refused. The famous line that is often spoken as bridal wedding vows, “Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried” was born from Ruth’s refusal to leave Naomi. 

I’ll break here and pick up next week on why I believe this story is so significant to all of us learning to put SelfFirst while still nurturing the relationships in our lives. 

Bye for Now,

Tei

Thank you Tei, we can’t wait till next week to see what’s next! So, SelfFirster’s, when you think about the relationships in your life… are there any vows to a friend or promises that you have made that are no longer align with your current vision and dream for your life?

How do you nurture a relationship with yourSELF that allows you to be a better friend in the relationships you treasure?

Remember it is about you! @shawannaksays

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