I’ve been thinking about romance lately.
Not surprising for a writer of women’s fiction. Actually, I wrote 50 romance novels before moving into a broader genre with more options for character development and plot.
But you may notice that romantic relationships are always at the heart of my novels because nothing is more important to me. For some, romance is something of an outdated concept. But without authentic romance, it’s clear to me that relationships have little chance of surviving and happiness will always be just beyond our grasp.
Perhaps the best definition of romance is taking the time to support, appreciate, listen to, honor, and celebrate the person you’re with.
Too many relationships get stuck in petty bickering and recriminations that not only destroy the relationship but seriously damage the souls of the people involved. Did you know that research shows the success or failure of a marriage can be accurately predicted based on whether contempt exists in the relationship, and whether words are used as weapons to humiliate and dehumanize?
When we lavish love on each other and forgive mistakes, not only does the relationship become healthier and happier but so do the people involved.
So let’s hear it for romance and love!
What’s romantic about your relationship? Happen overnight or little by little? However it did, if it did, be sure to celebrate.