CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With everything going on in our daily lives, the area of relationships is often the one that suffers.
Not only are our current relationships strained, but there are also those that resurface through reunions, e-mail and social networking tools like Facebook. There seems to be a great divide between folks who thrive on reconnecting with old friends on Facebook -- and those who say they weren't that close to these friends in high school and can't see how they'd have anything in common with them now.
Personally, I think it's a need to fill that great void of "community" that's lacking in many of our lives. Sometimes we're living virtual lives -- with those across vast distances -- rather than interacting with neighbors over the backyard fence.
Which is not to say one is more highly valued than the other. It's just different, and it plays out differently among generations.
I recently heard an excellent talk by Susan Brewer, CEO of the Steptoe & Johnson law firm, to the Elevations luncheon group of the Charleston Alliance. While the talk was geared toward women, I believe both sexes could relate to and benefit from her wisdom.
Brewer began by defining success, although the bulk of her talk had to do with the relationships we form along the way. Just take a look at her definition of success: "growing and gaining wisdom as a person while maintaining a sense of humor, sanity and stability -- and being satisfied and happy with your accomplishments without comparing yourself to anyone else."
Success doesn't come without lots of help and support from others, though. You definitely need relationships to achieve your goals and to maintain your sense of humor, sanity and stability. Listed here are the five important relationships you need, according to Brewer.