Often, when our relationships end, we feel so awful and emotionally exhausted that extricating ourselves from the situation with a modicum of dignity intact is all we can muster.
However, we can turn even the worst relationships into valuable lessons if we "mine" them.
Mining a relationship is the process of considering what you learned from it and extracting the lessons you will use going forward.
Every relationship—whether it is with a friend, a partner, or a boss— gives us valuable information about who we are, what we value, and how we want our future relationships to be.
When we ask the right questions, we can find the value in even the worst relationships:
"How did the relationship make you feel emotionally, and how do you want to feel in future relationships?"
"Did that relationship bring out any behavior on your part that you would rather not repeat?"
"What needs were not getting met?"
"What values were not being lived?"
"What strengths were you not using in that...
Do you revisit conflict when tempers have cooled?
When your child has a giant emotional meltdown, do you breathe a sigh of relief after it passes and go about your business?
Don’t prod a sleeping bear, right?
The truth is, the gold is in the second half. When you and your child revisit a conflict with clear heads, you can find solutions. This is where growth happens. It is where you and your child can begin to appreciate each other’s perspectives, and it is where you can find solutions absent of the flood of emotions that were clouding your thoughts in round one.