One of the first things I thought about was that Long Distance Relationships (LDR) don't have to be that tedious or expensive any more!!
|Thank you Skype, Whatsapp, Facetime etc!!|
I remember being in an LDR and as good as it was, I would have definitely preferred being in the same city with him. For one, it was quite expensive managing the travels (more on him that me, kudos to him!), communication was mainly audio so it gave room for many gaps to be filled by an overactive mind (me), as much as we talked/chatted etc, it wasn't the same as being in the same room/place, doing things together.
Sometimes, you just review it and you wonder if it is worth the stress!
Thank God some people have been able to manage it and turn it round to be very beautiful!
If you are currently in a long distance relationships, here are some things that could help:
1. Be very open in your communication. Be as interactive as possible.
2. Be tolerant - More than ever, you put into action these qualities of love that are highlighted in 1Cor 13 - "Love always trusts, always hopes (for the best), always perseveres!"
3. Look for creative ways to communicate with each other without suffocating each other!
4. As much as possible, plan visits and trips (in groups!). Make it a priority to see regularly as much as your finance allows you!
5. Use technology to the best of your relationship - Whatsapp video calls, Facetime, Whatsapp chats, DM each other on Instagram or Twitter.. Make it as exciting and dynamic as possible.
6. Set out specific 'virtual date' times. Eat dinner together, go see a movie and talk about it. Try to cultivate a habit of enjoying activities together and talking about it, albeit remotely.
7. Make the time spent together (when you do see count). Don't spend it having petty fights and disagreements.
8. Forgive quickly, let things go!
9. I know I've mentioned this before but - TRUST, TRUST, TRUST!!
10. The summary of the above is communication - in a variety of ways! One of the biggest builders or killers of long distance relationships is a lack of friendship and communication.
It's very possible, you can thrive LDR-style, put in the work required and enjoy every step of the way!
So tell me, have you been or are you in a long distance relationship? How's it working out for you? How has social media/technology helped your relationship?
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